Solwezi Cops Nab Chief Chikola’s Assailant

POLICE in Solwezi have arrested one person suspected to be part of the mob of mourners that assaulted Chief Chikola of the Lamba people of Solwezi District at the weekend. Chief Chikola was assaulted by his subjects who beat him on suspicion that he was behind the death of his retainer who died some days earlier.

North-western Province deputy Police chief, Michael Nkaka, confirmed the arrest of Kings Fulani, brother of the deceased in Solwezi yesterday. Mr Nkaka said the chief was badly assaulted after relatives of the deceased performed a traditional practice commonly known as Chikondo which indicated that the chief was the one behind the death of his retainer.

He said Police had since evacuated chief Chikola from his palace for security reasons.Mr Nkaka said Fulani was in Police custody awaiting court appearance. Meanwhile, a 39-year-old fish mongern of Malasha area in Kalabo District in Western Province has drowned in Lwanginga River.

Kalabo Police officer- in- charge, Kim Masambo named the deceased as Kapanga Lusenge of Lundilwe Village in Chief Mundia’s area, who drowned at the Easter weekend. Mr Masambo said Mr Lusenge drowned on April 20, around 13:00 hours and Police only managed to retrieve the body yesterday at 13:30 hours with the help of the community.

He said no foul play was suspected as it was believed that Mr Lusenge went fishing in a drunkard state. Mr Masambo said a bottle of traditional beer and fishing equipment had been found at the scene of the accident. The body is in Kalabo District Hospital mortuary awaiting burial.–ZANIS.

Source : The Times of Zambia

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