A 53 year-old man of Shandola village of Kalale area in Chief Kahare’s area in Nkeyema district in Western province has been killed by unknown people as a result of the succession wrangles that have rocked chief Kahare’s palace .
Enock Kubama of Kubama village identified the deceased as Brightone Shandola 53, who died on the spot while four Indunas who sustained broken legs and arms have been admitted to Kaoma district hospital while three other Indunas have been admitted to Njonjolo Health Center in Nkeyema district.
Mr Kubama said among the Indunas were Joseph Kubama 83, of Kubama village, Alfred Mungandu 61, Faxon Wayanda 65, of Namiangi area, and Lungson Shamanga 62, of Kakunda area.
Others admitted to Njonjolo health center are Muleta Kakonge, Joseph Kazuma of Sesheke district and Waluluma Selemani who is also the Ngambela for the newly installed Chief Kahare.
He said the Toyota Noah registration number ACV 6198 that was carrying the eight Indunas to and from Chief Kahare’s palace has been extensively damaged by the unknown assailants who were using knob kerries in the act that happened around 10:00 hours Sunday.
Mr Kubama said the body of Brightone Shandola is lying in Kaoma district hospital mortuary awaiting post mortem and burial.
He said all the village Indunas met their fate when they were coming back from the palace where they went to attend a developmental meeting that was organized by World Vision officials from Lusaka.
Mr Kubama, however, complained that the succession disputes happening at Njonjolo palace over the rightful heir of late Chief Kahare among the royal family members need serious attention from government adding that the situation at the moment is volatile and the palace should be heavily guarded by security wings to avoid the continuous loss of lives and property.
Meanwhile, police in Kaoma district have launched a manhunt to bring all the criminals to face the wrath of the law.
Last month police officers recovered about 13 firearms from chief Kahare’s palace since the succession wrangles started.