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Toddler killed in mother’s brawl

NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
A THREE-YEAR-OLD girl has died after a woman accidentally poured hot water on her in a bid to scald her mother during a brawl.
And police in Lusaka have arrested a 36-year-old man of Kanyama for allegedly beating up a clinical officer after his six-month-old baby died in a queue at Kanyama clinic.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday that the baby of New Chilenje died yesterday around 03:00 hours at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
Ms Katanga said the girl’s mother, Lilian Mwila, 20, picked a fight with Esther Yamba, 29, on June 2.
She said Ms Yamba got a pot of boiling water in a bid to scald Ms Mwila but accidentally showered the toddler.
“The mother rushed the child to the hospital where she died today (yesterday),” Ms Katanga said.
She said police initially charged Ms Yamba with assault but have now slapped her with a murder charge.
And Ms Katanga said Boyd Mwila of Makeni Villa in Kanyama township allegedly assaulted James Jere, 32, a clinical officer on Thursday around 18:00 hours.
She said Mwale’s six-month-old baby, who was taken to  Kanyama clinic suffering from suspected typhoid, died in the queue at the clinic after being referred to UTH.
“The mother had taken the child for medical attention and when she was attended to, she was referred to UTH but whilst there, the child died and this incensed the father, who beat the medical staff and broke property worth over K3,000,” Ms Katanga said.
Meanwhile, police have also arrested two suspected political party cadres for allegedly beating up a New Vision newspaper journalist who took pictures of them without their permission.
Ms Katanga named the suspects as Chisala Simfukwe, 29, and Webster Mwalusanga, 25, both of Mtendere township. They beat up Francis Chipalo, 29, of Chelston at Friday’s Corner in Kalingalinga.
“These suspected cadres were collecting money from people and this journalist photographed them and this incensed them,” he said.
She said the two are in custody and will appear in court soon.


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