A 52-YEAR-OLD headman of Siakabanze village in Sinazongwe, Southern Province, is battling for his life in the Livingstone General Hospital after being shot by unknown people on suspicion of practising witchcraft.
Sinazongwe district commissioner Dodo Sindaza and Southern Province police commissioner Mary Chikwanda said the incident happened on Tuesday around 18:00 hours in the same village.
Mr Sindaza identified the victim as headman Siakabanze (Josius Muleza), who was shot in the chest, legs and hands.
He said the assailants also shot and slightly wounded the headman’s 16-year-old son Kennedy Muleza of Muuka in Chief Mweemba’s area in Sinazongwe.
Mr Sindaza said the headman was rushed to Maamba General Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Livingstone General Hospital for specialised treatment.
“The headman was shot in the chest, legs and left hand while his son is out of danger because he just sustained an injury on his right rib.
“And this is the eleventh shooting incident to happen in Sinazongwe this year but no arrests have been made so far; so people are living in fear,” he said.
Mr Sindaza appealed to people in the area to help the police identify the perpetrators before more lives are lost.
And Ms Chikwanda said police officers have been dispatched to Sinazongwe to thoroughly investigate the matter so that perpetrators are brought to book.
She said police suspect that a shotgun could have been used to commit the crime.
“The information we have is that the victim had differences with his neighbours over land and we are still on the ground to ascertain the real cause of this incident which happened on August 21 this year,” she said.
Meanwhile, MUBANGA NONDO reports that three boys aged between eight and 13 of Chifita village in Chinsali have drowned in the Kaswende Dam near the Chambeshi River.
Muchinga Province deputy commissioner of police Bonny Kapeso said the incident occurred last week but was only reported to police on Sunday.
Mr Kapeso identified the victims as Emmanuel Chansa, 8, Netson Chilima, 9, and Christopher Mulenga, 13.
The three have been buried and police do not suspect foul play.
Zambia Daily Mail