A mob in Zambezi district has beaten up health personnel and destroyed public property whose value is yet to be ascertained.
The mob beat up the health personnel in protest against the disposal of a body of a person suspected to have died from Covid-19.
North-western Province Commissioner of Police Joel Njase confirmed the incident that happened yesterday and said stones and unknown objects are suspected to have been used to beat up the health personnel.
Mr. Njase said confusion ensued as health personnel were burying the body of a named deputy head teacher at Zambezi primary school who is suspected to have died from Covid-19.
He said police intervened and the body was successfully buried amid high tempers.
“Zambezi police station on 01/03/21 received a report of riotous behaviour made by Mulweyi Mukumbi aged 45 of Ndeke compound, Zambezi also a hospital administrator at Zambezi district hospital that in the process of disposing a suspected Covid-19 body of the late deputy head teacher at Zambezi primary school, a mob begun to beat health personnel with stones and unknown objects,” Mr. Njase explained.
He said the mob proceeded to Zambezi primary school and shattered window panes of a classroom block, nine glass panes at the Zambezi district hospital mortuary and the front windscreen of the Toyota GX motor vehicle registration number ABK 4327 whose value is yet to be ascertained.
Mr. Njase said dockets of malicious damage to government property have been opened adding that patrols have since been intensified in the area.
He has since warned that police will not hesitate to act in accordance with their mandate.
The North-western Police Commissioner further advised the residents to refrain from destroying government property meant to service them whenever they are aggrieved.