The Zambia Police Service in Lusaka has launched investigations into the cause of a fire in which 34 vehicles were burnt to ashes at the Islamic car park in Lusaka’s Kanyama township.
The incident happened in the early hours of today between 02.00 hours and 03.00 hours.
Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela confirmed in a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today that the 34 vehicles included 24 mini buses, 2 vannettes , and 8 cars whose value has not been disclosed.
Meanwhile, Police recorded five murder cases, two defilements, one arson and three fatal accidents in which three people died on the spot during the weekend.
Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela disclosed that in Northern Province police discovered the body of a man only identified as Justine Bwalya aged 27 of Mponda village in Kasama.
Ms. Kanjela said the victim appeared to be severely beaten as he sustained a swollen face and was discovered without a shirt on the scene.
The Police spokesperson confirmed that two suspects have since been apprehended to assist with investigations while the body of Bwalya is lying in Kasama General Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.
In an another development, Police in central province have launched a manhunt for Kelvin Hikapande who attempted to kill Sebastian Hamulube aged 39 of Kapiri Mposhi using a short gun.
Ms. Kanjela explained the incident occurred on October 7, 2012 around 15:00hours in Chief Chipepo’s area in Kapiri district and that the victim sustained four bullet wounds on the right thigh.
The Police spokesperson has further appealed to members of the public who may have information leading to the apprehension of Kelvin Hikapande to come forward and assist the Police.
She said that in Western province a road traffic accident case has been recorded in which one person died after he fell off a moving vehicle.
Ms. Kanjela confirmed that the incident occurred on October 6, 2012 around 23:00hours at Looma area along the Mongu- Lusaka road.
She said the incident involved an unidentified man aged between 20 and 25 years of unknown address .
Ms. Kanjela noted that the particulars of the driver are not yet known and that the victim sustained fatal injuries and died on the spot.
She explained that the body of the deceased is lying in Lewanika General Hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem.