Zambia: Lusaka Youth Shot Dead

A LUSAKA business executive has shot dead an 18-year-old boy who was part of a rowdy crowd in Chawama Township.

In another sad development, a Lusaka woman poisoned her five-month-old twins after differing with a man over child maintenance in Kanyama Township. One of the babies died.

Francis Phiri, 26, gunned down John Simpemba Mpundu, who was fighting with his friend near Yamalezi area in old Chamawa Township around 22:00 hours on Saturday. He has since been arrested and charged with murder.

After noticing a fight, Mr Phiri came out of his shop and attempted to separate the enraged youths, but Mpundu punched him.

Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela said Mr Phiri got infuriated after being punched and shot Mpundu on the left side of the chest.

He was rushed to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) where he died around 01:00 hours as doctors and other medical personnel were operating on him.

A mob descended on Mr Phiri, beating him until he was rescued by passersby, who rushed him to the hospital for treatment.

Ms Kanjela said Mr Phiri of house number 255/11 was treated and handed over to the police. A revolver serial number AA346666 was recovered from the suspect.

"The detained man was trying to separate the deceased from a fight but was forced to shoot at him after the victim started punching him, he died at UTH while doctors were attending to him," she said.

In the Kanyama incident, Ms Kanjela said Mary Zimba 26, used Doom to poison her twins.

Only one baby died upon arrival at a local clinic.

Ms Zimba of house number 20/02 Old Kanyama Township differed with a Mr Phiri and vented her anger on her children whom she poisoned.

"When neighbours heard the children crying uncontrollably, they rushed to Ms Zimba's house to check and found their mother in a panic mood and decided to rush the babies to a clinic where they were referred to UTH due to their serious condition," Ms Kanjela said.

In Muchinga Province, police have arrested a 73-year-old woman for allegedly killing her husband.

Ms Kanjela said the incident occurred on Friday last week when Lyson Sichone 79, had a misunderstanding with his wife and in the process a fight ensued.

The man was pushed by his wife and died after hitting the ground.

And two men aged 30 and 35 died on the spot on the Great North Road when their vehicles collided while four others were seriously injured and admitted to Kabwe General Hospital.

Ms Kanjela said the accident occurred on Saturday night and identified the deceased as Dan Kolala, 30, of Ndola and Howard Mututwa, 35, of Lafarge Cement.

Ms Kanjela said the injured were Assan 23, William Chibeluke, 34, Steven Zabeta, 31, and 30-year-old Gunasha Nkupi.

She said the driver of a Toyota Ipsum, Mutavu Chipeta of Kitwe was coming from Lusaka and failed to maintain his left lane.

He hit a Mitsubishi truck, which was coming from the opposite direction killing two people who were in the Toyota Ipsum instantly.

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