CATHERINE MUMBA and CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
TWO men of Lusaka are nursing serious injuries at Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital inflicted by their uncle, who allegedly hit them with a hammer several times on suspicion that they had stolen two vehicle tyres from his shop.
And a 12-year-old girl of Kanyama Township in Lusaka is nursing severe body burns suffered after her 29-year-old mother allegedly set her on fire.
Chiluba Ngoma and Alfred Mulabo, both of Chelston, were on Thursday rushed to hospital in coma after their uncle, Daniel Ngoma, had allegedly repeatedly hit them while they were drunk.
In an interview yesterday from their hospital beds, the two, who were in police handcuffs, admitted to stealing the tyres.
“We just found ourselves in hospital, but what we know is that my uncle was hitting our hands with a hammer because we got two tyres from his shop in Chelston without his authority. We don’t even know what is happening now because we were very drunk when we were being beaten,” Chiluba said.
The duo pleaded with the hospital management to allow them to continue receiving treatment before they could be handed over to the police.
Lusaka Province police commissioner Nelson Phiri said he had not yet received a report about the beating of Chiluba and Alfred.
Meanwhile, a 12-year-old girl of Kanyama Township in Lusaka is admitted to the University Teaching Hospital for treatment of burns allegedly inflicted by her mother.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a statement that the girl’s mother, Prudence Phiri, was by press time in police custody while a medical report was being awaited.
“We are still waiting for a medical report to be signed. A charge will depend on the seriousness of the injuries. It can be assault occasioning grievous bodily harm,” she said.
Ms Katongo said Phiri was apprehended by concerned members of the public, who handed her over to the police.
Phiri allegedly set her daughter alight on Thursday around 17:00 hours.
The girl sustained multiple body burns and was rushed to Kanyama Clinic before she was referred to the UTH.
Meanwhile, one person died on the spot while five others sustained serious injuries in an accident on Thursday around 11:00 hours at Chamilala in Nyimba, Eastern Province.
The accident happened when the driver of a Toyota Allion, with a Malawian registration number, failed to keep to his lane and collided with a Scania Marcopolo bus which was being driven by Chaisa Phiri, 58, of John Laing township in Lusaka.
Ms Katongo said a passenger on the bus, identified as Charles Banda of Garden township in Lusaka, sustained head injuries and died on the way to Chamilala Rural Health Centre.
“The driver of the Toyota Allion, identified as Manala Bulaya Jeke, a Malawian national, and his three passengers sustained serious injuries and are admitted to Nyimba District Hospital,” she said.
Mr Banda’s body is in the Nyimba District Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial.
And an unidentified man aged between 30 and 35 died on the spot after being hit by a Scania bus on the Ndola-Kitwe dual carriageway.
Ms Katongo said the accident happened on Thursday around 01:00 hours when the man was crossing the road.
The body of the deceased is in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary.