By JOHN SAKALA
Police in Western Province are looking for a man in connection with the poisoning of six people of which three died while three others are still Hospitalized.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has told The Independent Observer that police are looking for Nyambe Lienda, a Daily Classified Employee at Nyingo Rural Health Center in Katoya Village of Kalabo District
Ms Katongo said the suspect is reported to have administered a drug to the six females on September 8, 2018 at about 14:00 hours on pretext that the drug was able to cure all ailments.
“After taking three patients identified as Nosiku Biemba, Namushi Nyambe and Sibeso Biemba died the same day while three others Liyoyelo Nyambe (51), Namakau Nyambe (66) and Manawa Kalumbu (52) are still hospitalized at Kalabo District Hospital.
“The drug administered to the victims has not yet been ascertained. The suspect is on the run and a manhunt has been launched. We appeal to those who could have information on the whereabouts of the suspect to report to any nearest Police,” she said.
Meanwhile, Police in Western Province over the weekend recovered three AK 47 rifles from three suspected assassins commonly known as Karavinas believed to be behind murders involving people suspected of practicing witchcraft in the area.
Ms Kotongo said the suspects were apprehended after Police had an operation following a tip off from members of the public. They are currently detained in Police custody and the operation has continued.
“Being in possession of illegal firearms is an offence hence we appeal to all those in possession of illegal firearms to take advantage of the Firearm Amnesty and surrender them before they are arrested and prosecuted,” she said.