DARLINGTON MWENDABAI and MAYENGO NYIRENDA, Chipata
A 54-YEAR-OLD businessman of Chipata shocked his family in Kapata township on Wednesday when he shot dead his 19-year-old son
in the sitting room of the family home for allegedly wearing his mother’s trousers.
Named after his father, Martin Mwale Junior, a Grade 12 pupil at Chipata Trades Technical School, had his life cut short around 21:00 hours allegedly by his father who has since gone into hiding.
Narrating the ordeal that has befallen the Mwale family, Martin’s elder brother Shadreck told the Daily Mail at the funeral house yesterday that his father, popularly known as Wonderful Corner, has gone into hiding and that police are looking for him so that he can face the law.
“It was around 19:00 hours when Martin got home and my father started asking him why he came back home late and wearing my mother’s trousers,” Shadreck said.
He later heard a gunshot from the sitting room and when he rushed back into the house, he found his younger brother lying in a pool of blood while his mother and younger sister were wailing.
The visibly devastated Shadreck said he then asked his father why he had shot Martin, but he only said he did not know what had made him do that.
“I asked him to take Martin to the hospital but he instead decided to go and sit in his bedroom,” he said.
Shadreck took Martin to Chipata Central Hospital where the boy died around 01:00 hours due to excessive bleeding.
Eastern Province deputy police commissioner Sharon Zulu said Martin was shot in the right thigh using a Greener gun which the officers recovered from the crime scene.
She said police have launched a manhunt for the suspect, who allegedly told his family that he was going to surrender himself to the police, but did not do so.
Eastern Province Minister Makebi Zulu said no one has the right to end someone’s life in any way and urged the police to ensure that Mr Mwale should be brought to book.