JIMMY CHIBUYE, Choma
MAZABUKA residents yesterday ran amok and burnt a temporary Zambia National Service (ZNS) office and two military firearms after discovering a dead body of a 29-year-old suspected mental patient of Chibolya township.
The irate residents rioted and burnt the shelter after finding 29-year-old Leo Nyambe dead.
Mr Nyambe had on Monday night picked a fight with his sister and was separated by ZNS officers.
The next morning he was found dead near a Zesco transmitter.
Southern Province commissioner of police Bonny Kapeso said the Zesco transformer where Mr Nyambe’s body was found is next to the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) storage sheds in Kaleya area, which were being guarded by the ZNS officers.
Mr Kapeso said in a statement issued here yesterday the residents set ablaze an office which had an AK47 assault rifle with 30 rounds of ammunition and a light machine gun without ammunition.
“The situation is now under control and police have kept vigil. The body of the deceased has been deposited in Mazabuka mortuary awaiting post-mortem and burial,” Mr Kapeso said.
He said the circumstances under which Mr Nyambe died are not yet clear, but preliminary investigations reveal that his death might have been caused by electrocution because his body was found near a Zesco transformer.
Mr Kapeso said Mr Nyambe, a resident of Chibolya township in the same town, on Monday night allegedly fought with his sister prompting the ZNS officers to separate them.
“Mr Nyambe was last night (Monday) heard fighting with the sister, hence ZNS officers went to separate them.
“The soldiers picked Mr Nyambe, who is also a suspected mental patient, and kept him for a while,” he said.
He said the military officers later released Mr Nyambe but he was unfortunately found dead by his relatives who were making follow-ups on his whereabouts.
Mr Nyambe said the Zesco meter box which was found open has been inspected by Zesco engineers and its wires were found intact.
Mr Kapeso said it is suspected that Mr Nyambe might have used a metal contact to electrocute himself or was aided by an unknown person.