Zambia: 111 Accidents, 12 Deaths Recorded

TWELVE people out of a total of 111 road traffic accidents recorded countrywide died during the festive period, Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela has said.

The accident figure has increased compared to last year's statistic of 96 out of which, 10 people died.

Out of the 111 accidents, 15 people were seriously injured while 27 were slightly injured.

Lusaka recorded the highest number of accidents, at 65 with seven suspected murder cases during the Christmas period.

Copperbelt was second at 23 with one case of murder.

Assault cases were also highest in Lusaka, which recorded 56 from a total of 64 that were recorded countrywide.

Ms Kanjela said Southern Province recorded one accident where one person died.

Central Province recorded six accidents resulting in the death of two people, while three people were seriously injured.

Luapula recorded one accident and only one person died, while North Western Province had one accident, with one person reported killed. One accident was reported in Western Province with no death.

There were no accidents in Muchinga Province.

In Lusaka, Police discovered a body of a man who died in his yard on Plot Number 50A/168 in Makeni South Township.

Julia Musonda, who was 26, was found with an injury on the left side of his eye and a bottle containing an unknown substance.

Julia left home on Christmas Eve in the company of friends and was found dead in the early hours of Christmas Day.

An unidentified man was found dead in a swimming pool at a hotel in Makeni Simoson area on Christmas Day. The body was found naked.

In Chipata, police are hunting a 14-year-old boy who murdered Wackson Chirwa 24, of Chikoya Village.

The suspect was identified as Mufayo Banda of Jamu Village in Chipata.

"It was reported that the two were in a camp undergoing training as traditional Nyau dancers when Chirwa was hit with a stick and died on the spot," Ms Kanjela said.

The late Chirwa's body was at Chipata General Hospital mortuary awaiting a postmortem.

Ms Kanjela said five cases of defilement were recorded in Western, Central and the Copperbelt provinces.

In Western Province, a 15-year-old girl was defiled by a man only identified as Migi, who was currently on the

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