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Police to investigate cause of fire which burnt 34 vehicles in Kanyama township

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OVER 30 public service minibuses and other vehicles were yesterday destroyed in an inferno in a car park in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township. Here, residents salvaging spare parts from the remains
OVER 30 public service minibuses and other vehicles were yesterday destroyed in an inferno in a car park in Lusaka’s Kanyama Township. Here, residents salvaging spare parts from the remains

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.

ZANIS

18 COMMENTS

  1. Lusaka Times, those grade two schol children in the garage exited to see burnt out shells and u say salvaging for spare parts. yashani iyi????

  2. is this possible? 26 vehicle were comprehesively insured (fire & theft) in less than 3 weeks! could be a planned move? zedian are used to a 3rd party insurance policy

  3. “Hikapande who attempted to kill Sebastian Hamulube aged 39 of Kapiri Mposhi using a short gun” Maybe he should have used a “Long gun” instead.

  4. Well as.they say what goes round comes round too much sins by these kanyama drivers god is in control over destiny we have to change our behaviour and ways when conducting our businesses

  5. Hope this is not the beginning of Islamaphobia in Zambia. Bush has just visited Zambia spreading  his Right wing Evangelical gospel…linked? Hmmm.

  6. OMG this is not good atall. Its time we started checking on this so called parks nowOwners should start leaving keys should there be a situation like this. Guads can move the cars

  7. “two suspects have since been apprehended to assist with investigations” After investigations,they will be released?!!! I do not know why police keep using this phrase.This is no such a thing as being detained to assist with investigations! If I am merely going to asist with investigations, why should I be detained? You either a suspect or not, FULUSTOP BA gRADE & BUJU IMWE!! YABA!!!

  8. # 5 Stigma, stop rumour mongering! Most likely 3/4s of those vehicles only have 3rd party insurance cover? The owners of the vehicles must sue the owner of the car park for their loss. The ‘parked at owners’ risk’ has no stand at law, refer to Thornton v. Shoe Lane Parking Ltd. In most countries cars are not parked at their own risk it is not possible legally to void legal responsibility by placing notices saying so though many places do.
    For those that have comprehensive insurance go ahead and start claiming as the insurance co.s take time though shorter compared to court cases.

  9. Hopefully the authorities will now sit up and bring relevant guidelines. There is something to learn from the Great Fire of London of 1666, there the authorities after the disaster came up with necessary legislation to prevent such infernos.
    Why allow so many cars to be crammed in such as small space – with no fast exit. Mind you the owners and users of such facilities always PRAY that there will be no disaster like what happened yesterday in Kanyama, but life is not like that.
    In this situation one has to look at the likelihood of such a disaster to occur, and I bet you the chances are so high.
    I would therefore urge the Local Authorities to review the relevant piece of legislation regarding prevention of fires.

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