MWILA NTAMBI, Kitwe
KITWE’S Racecourse residents on Sunday ran amok and burnt down a house after a 20-year-old man of the same area was allegedly shot dead by a businessman of Mindolo township.
Copperbelt commissioner of police Charity Katanga, in an interview yesterday, said the incident happened around 23:30 hours after a mob started making noise at a funeral house.
Mrs Katanga said the residents suspected that Joseph Muwowo, 38, was responsible for the death of his nephew, whose funeral was being held in Racecourse township.
“Word went round that the boy, whose funeral was being held in Racecourse township, died after being slapped by his father.
“But again, they changed that in fact it was the uncle [Mr Muwowo], who had caused the boy’s death,” she said.
As a result of the suspicions, a mob armed with planks and other weapons started following Mr Muwowo, who was at the funeral house to mourn his nephew, with a view to beating him up.
At that point, Mr Muwowo allegedly removed a pistol and fired two shots, instantly killing Paul Malama, 20.
Mrs Katanga said the bullets pierced through Malama’s stomach and grazed another man who stood nearby.
The names of the second victim, who was issued with a medical report form, were yet to be confirmed by press time.
Mrs Katanga said Mr Muwowo has since been detained while Malama’s body is in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial.
Meanwhile, police in Mufulira are holding a 40-year-old teacher for allegedly defiling a 29-year-old imbecile.
Mrs Katanga identified the suspect as Noble Chileshe of house number six in Kankoyo Primary School teachers’ compound, who allegedly waylaid the victim, a Grade Six pupil at Makole Primary School, and allegedly defiled her in a storeroom.