Two women in Western Province have been killed by their husbands in separate incidents.The incidents happened in Senanga and Sesheke.
Provincial police chief Charles Lungu confirmed the killings in an interview yesterday.Mr Lungu said police were holding in custody two men for the alleged killings.
“I can confirm that this week alone we have recorded two cases of spouse killings in the province and the culprits have since been apprehended,” Mr Lungu said.
He said in the Senanga murder, police apprehended Mwangala Maseke, 38, for allegedly killing his wife after a drinking spree.
Mr Lungu said according to reports, the suspect and his wife Mubanga Kalyata, 50, on Wednesday evening went drinking at a bar and on their way home picked a quarrel that led to a fight.
Mr Lungu said Maseke overpowered his wife and beat her till she collapsed and died on the way to the hospital.Mr Lungu said the man was in police custody and was being interrogated over the incident. The body of the deceased is in Senanga District Hospital mortuary.
In the Sesheke case, police are holding in custody Cyprian Ndonji, 40, for shooting dead his wife.Mr Lungu said Ndonji and his wife Nasilele Makokwa on Monday picked a quarrel at their house around 21:00 hours after which gunshots were heard. In the process of investigations, police discovered a rifle in the suspect’s house.
Mr Lungu said the province had continued to record an increase in gender-based violence cases despite sensitisation against the vice.
He assured that police would not relent in speaking against violence between couples.