Zambia compound residents in Kafue yesterday ran amok and burnt Lumumba police post after a police officer ran over a woman who was selling vegetables near a railway line.
ZNBC reported that this happened when the officer was trying to drive away from a mob that had descended on him when he went to apprehend a suspected thief who allegedly stole a television set. The mob set the police station on fire, triggering the escape of 20 detainees from custody.
Kafue Member of Parliament Obvious Mwaliteta cautioned the residents against taking the law in their own hands.
Mr. Mwaliteta, who is also Lusaka Province minister, said aggrieved parties should always use proper channels of expressing their displeasure.
Meanwhile police have recorded four fatal road accidents between 11 hrs on Thurday the 31st of December and 06 hrs on New Year’s day.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga Chanda told the Daily Nation that the first accident happened 37km away from Serenje along the Great North Road in which a Catholic nun, Sister Mary Francis Wapakwenda of Mpika, died on the spot. Ms. Chanda says another nun, Sister Cecilia Mulenga of Mbala, only sustained injuries together with the driver of the vehicle and his wife. Ms. Chanda said the accident happened after the driver of the Toyota Spacio in which they were travelling lost control after a tyre burst and overturned.
The second accident happened along the Ndola-Mufulira road on Thursday around 19: 20 hours in which a pedestrian Derrick Chindo was hit by a rider who did not stop after the accident.
Ms. Chanda said the third accident also happened on Thursday around 16:50 hrs at Ndonga area in Kaoma in which a 79-year-old pedestrian Kakanda Kalaluka was hit by a car. The driver is in police custody.
Ms. Chanda said the last accident happened around 05:30 on New Year’s day at the junction of Great East and District roads when two vehicles collided. One of the drivers Charles Chilufya Mudenda died on the spot and several passengers were injured.
Meanwhile, the University Teaching Hospital has received 18 casualties – 11 female and seven male – UTH public relations officer Mwenya Mulenga confirmed.
Mr Mulenga said all the 18 injured road accident victims were in stable condition and were disch