A THIRTEEN-year-old pupil in Sinazongwe has died after being allegedly beaten by her class monitor following a dispute which arose after the deceased was recorded as a noise maker.
Hazel Hamanyama, 13, a Grade Seven pupil of Malima Primary School, fell on the ground and died on the spot after fighting with Conastia Mweebo, 14, who was a classmate.
Southern Province Police chief, Mary Chikwanda, said the incident happened on Monday around 12:30 hours shortly after the pupils came out of their classroom during knocking off hour.
Ms Chikwanda, who confirmed the incident said, the fight started when the deceased allegedly confronted her class monitor to enquire why her name was recorded as a noise maker in class.
She said in an interview yesterday that, after Conastia recorded Hazel’s name as a noise maker, she then, presented it to the class teacher for further action.
Ms Chikwanda said that when the pupils came of out class, Hazel allegedly approached Conastia and in the process the two entered into a fight.
“When they came out of the class, the deceased asked the class monitor why she recorded her as a noise maker and that is how the two began to fight, and Conastia (allegedly) pushed Hazel who, in the process, fell and died,” she said.
Ms Chikwanda said no physical injuries were seen on the deceased’s body and that police have arrested Conastia while investigations were underway.
She said the body was lying in Maamba Mission Hospital awaiting post-mortem while funeral for the deceased was held in Malima’s Chikumbe Village.
In another development, a 37-year-old man of Livingstone died on the spot on Tuesday after the vehicle he was driving careered off the Choma-Kalomo road and overturned.
Ms Chikwanda named the deceased as Evans Mangongino, who died after suffering injuries around 04:00 hours about 40 kilometres north of Kalomo town.
Mr Mangongino, who was driving a Nissan Van with registration number ALF 6026 allegedly failed to negotiate a curve due to excessive speed and he careered off the road and overturned.
She said the vehicle was believed to belong to Zambia Postal Services adding that the body of the deceased was lying in Kalomo Hospital Mortuary.