BANDITS have murdered a 48-year-old security guard at Chimsoro Polymer in Kapiri Mposhi before stealing a cash box containing K2,000.
Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi said in an interview yesterday that investigations have revealed that Francis Mukonka of Material township was murdered between 08:30 hours on Sunday and 07:00 hours yesterday.
Ms Kamukoshi also said the suspects stole a computer monitor, laptop and bags of soya beans.
“Our investigations have revealed that the deceased, who was a resident of Material township, was strangled with a rope. These bandits later broke into the offices where they got away with goods and money,” Ms Kamukoshi said.
She said the suspects used a truck to ferry the soya beans.
Meanwhile, one person died and 34 sustained injuries yesterday in separate road traffic accidents in Chisamba and Kabwe on the Great North Road.
In the first accident, Doris Chingoma died on the spot around 07:00 hours after a Toyota Hiace minibus in which she was travelling overturned near Ibis Gardens.
Ms Kamukoshi said the accident happened after the driver identified as Muleme Mubunda was trying to avoid colliding with an oncoming Toyota Hiace minibus which was being driven by Godfrey Kangwa of Mulenga Hills in Kasama.
eight men and six women sustained injuries in the accident.
three passengers who sustained serious injuries were taken to the University Teaching Hospital and the rest were treated at Liteta District Hospital.
And in Kabwe, 17 passengers sustained injuries after a minibus in which they were travelling overturned.
The driver ran away after the accident which happened near Moyo village
She said four passengers sustained serious injuries and 13 had minor injuries and they were all taken to Kabwe General Hospital for treatment.
She said preliminary investigations have revealed that the driver had been drinking in Kapiri Mposhi.
Meanwhile, fire yesterday swept through a house in Kitwe’s Nkana East and destroyed property worth thousands of Kwacha, MULWANDA LUPIYA reports.
A team of firefighters from the Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC), Mopani Copper Mines and Fire Brigade struggled to put out the fire, which started around 14:00 hours at house number nine, Elephant Road.
The owner of the house, Sam Kabandama, who was visibly shaken, said in an interview that he does not know the cause of the fire.
“I don’t know what happened. I was not here when the fire started but I only received a phone call from my neighbour informing me that my house was on fire and that is how I rushed here. I have lost almost everything and I don’t know where to start from,” Mr Kabandama said.