Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

14 January 2013

Tanzania: Lightning Kills Expectant Mother in Rukwa

Nkasi — TWO people have died in separate incidents in Rukwa and Katavi regions where a pregnant woman identified as Stella Kufumbe (27), a resident from Chala village in Rukwa died on the spot after being struck by lightning in her maize field.

Ms Kafumbe who is said to have been nine months pregnant died after being severely hit by lightning as she took cover under a tree to protect herself. Rukwa Regional Police Commander, Mr Jacob Mwaruanda told the 'Daily News' that the incident occurred at Chala village in Nkasi district on Saturday afternoon when the deceased was tending to her maize field.

In another incident, an angry mob lynched one Ernest Kilosa (20), a resident of Sitalike village in Mlele district, for allegedly breaking into a shop with the intention of stealing.

Katavi Regional Police Commander, Mr Dhahiri Kidavashari told 'Daily News' that the incident occurred shortly after midnight on Saturday at Sitalike village when the deceased broke into the shop belonging to Wilson Remmy alias Kapera (28), also a resident of Sitalike village.

The RPC said that on the fateful day the deceased was seen breaking into the shop and some villagers managed to lock him in the shop he had broken into.

It is reported that the villagers then decided to go and alert village elders about the incident but when they returned the suspect had managed to escape through a window in the shop. "At that juncture the villagers organized themselves and went in search of the suspect and when they found him they decided to lynch him," the RPC said.

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