CATHERINE MUMBA, Lusaka and MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe
A 12-YEAR-OLD girl who was recently allegedly burnt by her mother in Lusaka on suspicion that she had stolen K7.50 has died.
About two weeks ago, Prudence Phiri of Kanyama Township allegedly poured kerosene on her daughter, Blessing Phiri, and set her ablaze.
Blessing was nursing burns at the University Teaching Hospital, where she died yesterday around 12:00 hours.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a statement yesterday that Phiri, who was initially charged with attempted murder, will now be indicted with murder.
“A postmortem will be arranged,” Ms Katongo said.
In another matter, a 24-year-old man of Garneton Township in Kitwe is nursing gunshot wounds at Kitwe Teaching Hospital after a poultry farmer of the same area shot him for allegedly breaking into his chicken run.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Charity Katanga has named the suspect as Jonathan Kaluya, who sustained a gunshot wound on his left knee.
She said in an interview yesterday that the incident happened in the early hours of Monday when Kaluya and three others allegedly broke into the chicken run and stole 19 chickens worth K1,520.
Mrs Katanga said the owner of the chicken coop heard some noise in the facility, which prompted him to open fire on Kaluya and other suspects.
“The three others managed to run away. We have since launched a manhunt for the other suspects,” she said.