Zambia — AN attempt by a 34-year-old Mkushi farmer to put off a fire that had surrounded his village ended in tragedy when his three-year-old son was burnt to death by the same fire.
Central Province deputy Police chief Edwin Bwanga, who confirmed the incident yesterday, identified the deceased as Innocent Mwango of Nkumbi area in Mkushi District and said the incident occurred on Monday afternoon.
Preliminary investigations revealed that there was bush fire around Mr Edward Mwango’s village which he attempted to quench but did not realise that his son had followed him.
“I can confirm that we are investigating a case in which a three-year-old boy was burnt to death after he followed his father who at the time was trying to put off a fire in Mkushi,” he said.
He said when Mr Mwango realised that the child was not home, he discovered the child was burnt beyond recognition in the burnt out bush.
Police advised the family to immediately bury the body because of the state it was in and investigations were still ongoing.
And a 53-year-old man identified as Abraham Mwaba of Musenga Township in Kasama committed suicide after a domestic quarrel with his son over the sale of a chicken.
Acting police public relations officer Rae Hamoonga said the incident happened on July 29, 2013 around 19.00 hours.
The fight arose after the son, who was given the chicken to sell at K30, only brought K10.
In Lusaka, a five-year-old boy died on the spot on July 30, 2013 after he sustained injuries along Twikatane Road in Zingalume area after being hit by a Toyota Raum registration ACH 3312 driven by Reuben Bwalya of the same area.