SUSPECTED members of a notorious gang of gunmen called karavinas have shot dead Zambezi Central ward councillor Yona Mbalakanyi, 73.
North-Western Province commissioner of police Grace Chipalila and Zambezi district commissioner Catherine Mukuma confirmed this in separate interviews yesterday.
Ms Chipalila said police have since instituted investigations to establish the motive behind the murder.
“Mr Mbalakanyi was the councillor for Zambezi Central ward. He was shot dead around 20:00 hours on Friday evening,” Ms Chipalila said.
She said police recovered empty cartridges of an AK47 rifle at the scene.
Mr Mbalakanyi’s body is in Zambezi District Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.
Meanwhile, ZANIS reports that one person died on the spot and about 25 were seriously injured when the bus they were travelling on overturned on the Sesheke-Livingstone road on Saturday.
Agrippa Munangwa, the driver of the public passenger bus, died on the spot when he lost control of the bus as he was trying to overtake a car.
The accident happened at about 18:40 hours and that the bus was carrying about 28 passengers and four members of staff of Shalom Bus Services.
The injured passengers have been admitted to Mwandi Mission Hospital while the body of the dead driver is lying in the hospital mortuary.