23 June 2012

Zambia: Bees Disrupt Chifubu Court Sessions

A SWARM of bees on Thursday disrupted proceedings at Chifubu Local Court in Ndola, stinging people who were sent scampering in all directions for safety.

There was confusion and panic in the sprawling township when residents ran for safety while those who did not know what was happening joined in running for safety.

Motorists drove on wrong lanes as some of them mistook the confusion to rioting while othes drove back to town.

Scores of people, including a baby, were stung and rushed to Chipokota Mayamba Health Centre.

The victims, who included Likando Masiyeleti, aged 43, Sesiya Siamusana and another man were attended to at the health centre.

A nurse at the health centre who declined to be named said the institution received a number of victims who were attended to and discharged.

"We received a number of victims but they have all been treated and they have all been discharged," she said.

A check at the court and the clinic by the Times found the court room locked while members of staff had sought refugee in the registry.

The afternoon court session which was supposed to have been presided over by Magistrate Agness Mulenga Muswema, sitting with Rosemary Muke and Selestine Muchimba, could not proceed due to the confusion.

By Press time, the bees were still at the court grounds and caused fear among some passersby.

The bees are said to have come from a beehive near a dilapidated toilet at the court after one of the people attending the session tampered with them.

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