Senior Chief Musele of Solwezi district has shot and wounded a suspected mentally challenged person after mistaking him for a trespasser.
The incident happened last night around 23:00 hours at the chief’s palace in Musele area.
Outgoing North-western Province Police Commissioner, Eugene Sibote, confirmed to ZANIS today that Dawson Kaona, aged 54, of the same village, was shot with a revolver pistol on his right foot and left elbow and also sustained a deep cut on the forehead.
Mr Sibote said Chief Musele told Police in his statement that Mr Kaona trespassed at his palace.
He added that police found seven empty cartridges that were fired from the same pistol.
Mr Kaona, who is a suspected mentally challenged person, is admitted at Solwezi General Hospital.
Mr Sibote said police have not charged senior chief Musele but is waiting for him to avail documents for the pistol that was used in the crime.
Last month, just before the January 20 Presidential by election, senior chief Musele was found in possession of 538 national registration cards for his subjects.