By Staff Writer
Nine Police officers have been seriously injured after a mob attacked them in Kamwaza village in Katete District, Eastern Province.
Deputy Police Spokesperson Danny Mwale said the nine Police officers were admitted to Saint Francis Mission Hospital in Katete District.
He said that seven of them have been discharged while two are still admitted in hospital.
Mr Mwale said the incident happened yesterday around 16:00 hours in Kamwaza Village about 35 kilometers South of Katete town.
He said initial investigations by police revealed that the Headman was protecting two suspects, who are alleged to have been involved in the suspected murder of a man only identified as Kusenseyo in Chieftainess Kawaza’s area on October 6.
The Deputy Police Spokesperson says members of the public apprehended the suspects and handed them over to Police.
Mr Mwale also said that police released the suspects on November 14, due to lack of evidence which incensed some members of Kawaza Village who resorted to damaging the Headman’s and the suspects’ houses.
He said some members of the village also accused the Headman identified as Chinzu of practicing witchcraft.
Mr Mwale said nine Police officers rushed to the village following a report of malicious damage to property in which six houses and one motor vehicle belonging to the Headman and the two suspects were damaged by known people in the village.
He said as Police officers were leaving the village around 16:00 hours, an uncompromising mob blocked the road with logs and started pelting the officers with stones and sticks injuring them in the process while a police vehicle was burnt.
Mr Mwale said Police officers, who were armed, restrained themselves from using firearms on the villagers and only managed to withdraw.