13 November 2012

Zambia: Angry Kitwe Mob Stones 'Mental Patient' to Death

THERE was drama at Kitwe's Wusakile Market when a suspected mentally disturbed man ran amok beating up a woman and killing another after stabbing him with a knife.

Angered by the behaviour of the suspected mental patient, a mob stoned him to death.

Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela identified the suspected mentally ill man as Joe Buka who caused the bizarre act on Sunday.

Buka started beating the unknown woman with a plank for unknown reasons, which angered onlookers.

"When some people tried to stop him, he got a knife from his pocket and stabbed three of them, one had his stomach split open letting out his intestines.

"He died upon being taken to the hospital. The mob later descended on Buka and stoned him to death," Ms Kanjela said in a statement yesterday.

Those injured have been identified as Leonard Banda, 26, of House Number C5-233 Wusakile Township, who was stabbed in the stomach and was later pronounced dead upon reaching Kitwe Central Hospital.

Others were Victor Kalombo of House number D35, also of Wusakile.

He sustained cuts on his back, while Sai Mwansa of an unknown address sustained deep cuts on both hands.

Both were admitted to Kitwe Central Hospital for treatment while Buka's body was taken to the mortuary.

Meanwhile, three people have been arrested in connection with the supply of counterfeit seed.

This was after a farmer, Chrispin Nangamba of Mumbwa filed a complaint with the Intellectual Property Unit (IPU) of the Zambia Police Service.

The suspect was later arrested at Mumbwa Road Police post and was transferred to the Zambia Police Service headquarters IPU in Lusaka.

The man had in his possession 24 bags of counterfeit Seedco, Pannar, Zamseed and MRI seed worth K3 million which were packed in branded bags.

Three other suspects were arrested and charged with counterfeiting trademark and for being found in possession of infringed copyright works.

The suspects had since been released on bail.

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