Mob kills man suspected of committing arson in Mansa

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–A 40-year-old has been killed by  a mob justice in Mwansabombwe for allegedly setting ablaze houses in which property worth over K46, 000 has been destroyed.

The man, identified as James Kateka of Chilindi village of Kazembe’s area in Mwansabombwe district is alleged to have set on fire the seven houses in the area.

Disclosing the matter to ZANIS in Mansa, Luapula Province Police Commissioner, Malcolm Mulenga, said the motive behind the burning of the houses is not known.

Mr Mulenga disclosed the Kateka set the houses using a cigarette lighter and was spotted trying to flee the area by the public and was beaten by a mob and later died at Mbereshi Mission Hospital.

In another development, an eight year old boy has died in Chief Mibenge’s Chiefdom after he was hit by a Toyota Raum registration number ABG 5988 which was driven by Jessy Zimba, 26, of Low Density in Mansa.

Mr Mulenga said the boy was hit after he was trying to cross the road and sustained fatal injuries.

He said the driver of the vehicle has since been arrested and detained at Mansa Police Station.

And in Mukonge village in Chief Nsama, a 50-year-old man has drowned after two boats collided on Lake Tanganyika.

Disclosing the matter to ZANIS, Mr Mulenga said James Mukuka was fishing together with Chansa Chilambwe, 24, of Chishela village in the same chiefdom.

He said the big boat was being paddled by Elias Mazimba, aged 20 years old, of Kasakalambwe village in Chief Nsama near Nsumbu.

Mr Mulenga added that Chilambwe and Mazimba survived while Mukuka drowned.

Mazimba has since been remaded at Nsumbu Police.