Backyard surgery claims life of boy

Police IG Libongani
Police IG Libongani

A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy in Kitwe has died from excessive bleeding following a backyard surgery by a woman to cut a growth popularly known as ‘Akalimba’ which had been growing beneath the child’s tongue.

The woman used a razor blade to cut the growth causing the child to bleed to death.

Copperbelt Police Chief Joyce Kasosa named the deceased child as Daniel Buuba, son to Constance Buuba, of house number 14 Zambia Township.


The surgery was performed by a woman identified as Dainess Katotoka on Wednesday around 10:00 hours.


The mother of the deceased child reported the matter to the police who in turn apprehended Ms Katotoka for murder.


“I can confirm that there was a report of murder in Kitwe after an attempt by a woman to cut a growth that had been growing on a six-year-old boy’s tongue,” she said.


She said the apprehended woman was currently in custody as police were investigating further the circumstances leading to the death of the child.


Meanwhile, a 64-year-old woman of Mansa has been murdered in her cassava field.


Mary Sondashi of Chinanda Village in Chief Kalasalukanga area in Mansa was brutally murdered in her cassava field by unknown people.


Luapula Province Police Chief Malcolm Mulenga said yesterday that the police were disturbed by the high number of women being murdered in the province.


The Police command is appealing to the public to help reduce cases of women been murdered in the province by reporting any suspected criminals.


The incident happened on Thursday between 06:00 hours to 18:00 hours.


“The old woman had gone to her cassava field in the morning but her neighbours in the village got concerned when she took long. A search for her was conducted only to find her murdered in her cassava field,” Mr Mulenga said.


The body of the deceased was in Mansa General Hospital mortuary and no one has been arrested.


He appealed to members of the public to help the police bring the criminals to book who were targeting defenceless women.

Times of Zambia