THERE was drama at Kalingalinga Anglican Church in Lusaka when a church member went to the pulpit and punched the priest while preaching.
A manhunt has since been launched as the suspect identified as Mwale is allegedly on the run.
The incident comes after the priest called for church elections which is believed to have angered some church members.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the incident to Mwebantu.
She said the incident happened today, November 22, at around 10:00 hours.
Mrs Katongo said it is alleged that while the priest whose identity has been withheld, was preaching at the pulpit, Mwale went there and ordered the priest to stop preaching.
She said when the priest resisted, Mwale begun dragging him and punched him on the face with fists.
Mrs Katongo said the priest sustained swollen lips.
She said initial Investigations have revealed that Mwale is among a group of church members fighting the priest over the church car park space.
“It is further alleged that the priest has been calling for church elections and this has angered some church members,” she said
Mrs Katongo said a medical report form has been issued and a manhunt for the suspect who is currently on the run has been launched.
“Police who went to the scene found the church locked and members dispersed. Investigations in the matter have continued,” Mrs Katongo said.
A 31-year-old nurse of Kitwe allegedly raped while on duty in ward, police say
A 31-YEAR-OLD nurse of Kitwe has allegedly been raped by her workmate, a clinical officer while on duty.
It is alleged that incident happened at Care well private clinic in Nkana East while the victim was working when a clinical officer identified as Mathew Fwalanga took advantage of her.
Copperbelt Deputy Commissioner of Police Bothwell Namuswa has confirmed the incident in an interview.
Mr Namuswa said the suspect remained behind to study after he knocked off from work.
He said the victim asked to use the suspect’s phone but as she returned it, Fwalanga grabbed her hand and twisted her right hand from behind, pulled her into the ward.
Mr Namuswa said Fwalanga then forced her to bend down and pulled down her uniform trousers and pant and then penetrated her.
“It is alleged that the nurse asked for help from the suspect to phone the security guard so that she can send him to buy food. It was at this point that the clinical officer took advantage of the victim knowing that they were only two in the clinic and raped her,” Mr Namuswa said.
He said attempts by the victim to shout for help did not yield any results as there was no one at the clinic.
The deputy provincial police commissioner said after he finished raping her, the suspect left the health institution and is currently on the run.
“We have launched a manhunt to bring the suspect to book while the victim has been taken into hospital for medical examination and treatment after she complained of abdominal pains, “he said.
This comes barely days when Zambia is commemorating 16 days of gender activism to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
Lt. Nigel Musonda Mwaba arrested in Lusaka
POLICE in Lusaka have apprehended a murder suspect in the case of Doctor Tasila Tembo.
Danny Mwale, Deputy Police Spokesperson has told Mwebantu in a statement.
Lieutenant Nigel Musonda Mwaba aged 33 of Plot number 3827 Balastone, Lusaka West was spotted at Memorial Park around 16 hours.
Lt. Mwaba has been positively identified by officials from the Ministry of Defence.
He is currently detained in Police custody.