Luwingu angry mob burns chief’s vehicle after accident

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—-A vehicle belonging to chief Mwewa of Luapula province has been burnt to ashes by an instant mob justice in Kasama in Northern Province after it was involved in a road traffic accident (RTA) which resulted in the death a 46 year old man.


Northern Province Police Commissioner, Charity Katanga, confirmed to Zambia News and Information Services in Luwingu that Obeyed Sinyangwe was yesterday hit by the Toyota twin cab registration number ABJ 3775 belonging to chief Mwewa of Luapula Province.


Mrs Katanga explained that the incident happened around 08:40 on Monday in Bwebe village before tehe angry mob descended to the vehicle and burnt it ashes.


She said the vehicle was being driven by Jacob Mulenga, 25, of Chiba village in the same chiefdom.


Mrs Katanga said chief Mwewa left the keys on the table as he was bathing before Jacob saw and stole them and drove the vehicle without authority and was involved resulting in the road accident.


Police have since launched a man hunt for Jacob who is still at large, adding that if arrested he will be charged with causing death by dangerous driving.


On SUnday, another vehicle careered off the road and killed the primary school deputy head mistress of Chiponde Secondary School.


Meanwhile, a 25 year old man of Chibombo village is battling for his life at Kasama General Hospital after he jumped off from the police vehicle along the Luwingu Kasama Road.


Mrs Katanga said Mukuka Bwembya was a suspect in an arson case in which he is alleged to have burnt a grass-thatched house valued at k1000 on July 5, 2014.


She said as police officers were taking him to the police, Bwembya jumped out of the police vehicle and sustained a deep cut on his forehead and is currently admitted to Kasama General Hospital.


Bwembya’s is said to be in a critical condition.


Efforts to get a comment from Provincial Medical Officer at Kasama General Hospital failed.