Hippo crushes 71-year-old man’s upper right thigh bone
A 71-year-old man of Kaindu in Central Province area, has had his right femur crushed by a Hippo while fishing in the Kafue River. Sitali Sililo who was trying to catch fish when his boat was flipped over by a hippo which then attacked him and crushed his right upper thigh. Mr. Sililo was fortunately rescued by Mushingashi’s security department who received a distress call that a fisherman had been attacked by a hippo.
The team, through Mr. Sameki who is Mushingashi’s Security Assistant Supervisor, said following the distress call, they urgently coordinated the emergency assistance to rescue Mr Sililo.
“Knowing the injuries described, remoteness of the fishing village and lack of vehicle access to it, I arranged for a security boat to rescue Mr. Sililo and transport him to the nearest vehicle collection point on Mushingashi and to then transfer the patient over to the pre-requested Zambia National Service (ZNS) Kalenda Hill ambulance and medical team which was approximately 60km’s away,” Mr. Sameki said.
Mr Sameki and his security team had used their first aid skills to stop the bleeding, brace the broken leg and calm the panicked Mr. Sililo, before urgently transporting him to meet the ambulance at the rendezvous point.
“The ambulance team were very thankful for the assistance from the scouts. It was a great team effort between the community members who reported the attack and Mushingashi security team as well as the ZNS Kalenda Hill medical team to help Mr. Sililo get the urgent medical attention he needed, to save his life,” Mr. Sameki said.
And Mr Sililo in recounting the ordeal which happened on March 6th (2023) while in hospital at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) said that he had gone fishing in the morning at around 07:00 hours, when the hippo attacked him.
“I was in the water in my canoe and all I remember is that as I was trying to catch fish, I saw myself flying into mid-air and then dropped into the water after having my canoe being overturned by the hippo. It then attacked me and broke the bone in my upper right thigh,” he exclaimed in pain.
Mr Sililo who has since had his broken bone replaced with a metal bar says he is still in excruciating pain and has further called on well-wishers to come to his aid in terms of food support.
“Navutika (I am suffering) because I am in so much pain. All I can say is that I thank God I survived that day. One other thing that I am asking for is for Government or well-wishers to help me with food stuffs. My relatives are unable to meet all my needs and so I ask if I can be assisted in any way,” he said.
‘Abductors’ to finally take plea on June 5,2023
A medical review report has revealed that the health condition of James Bwalya, one of the alleged abductors who has a spinal injury, has significantly improved.
A Judge has since ordered that both Bwalya and his co-accused Mathews Sikaonga should now proceed to take plea on June 5.
The case came up this morning for presentation of a medical review report for Bwalya.
Bwalya and Sikaonga, are facing 54 charges of abduction, rape, assault and others allegedly committed between January and October last year.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Traditional doctor reports suspect to police after failure to pay for service
AFTER failing to pay for a service rendered to him by a traditional doctor, a man of Chinsali has been reported to police for being in possession of firearms and charms.
It is believed that the said fire arms and charms have been used to kill people.
The illegal possession of the home made firearms and charms came to light when the suspect Dosani Sichimata along with his brother approached the traditional doctor for help involving his daughter.
The suspect, who is now on the run told the traditional doctor that his daughter was having nightmares suspectedly because of the job he was hired to do, which involved killing people.
However, he failed to pay the K5,000 demanded by the traditional doctor for the services rendered, leading to him being reported to police.
Muchinga province commanding officer Kaunda Mubanga said the incident occured between May 25th around 15:00 hours and May 29 the around 10:00 hours at Ndunya village in Chinsali district.
“Brief facts are that a traditional doctor Lyson Simukoko aged 37 of Kapillonga village in Isoka went to Mwenekasi village to perform his duties as a traditional doctor and was accommodated by his elder brother Ronald Simukoko a village headman of the said village and also a reporter in this matter. Whilst there at Mwenekasi village, he was approached by two brothers Bevien Sichimata and Dosani Sichimata who came from Ndunya village,” he said.
He said the suspect Dosani told him that he needed help from the traditional doctor, explaining that his daughter had nightmares whenever she slept and he suspected that this happened because he has been hired by different persons to kill people using his guns.
Mr Kaunda explained that the traditional doctor and the two brothers then travelled to Ndunya village and a K150 was charged by the doctor.
“When they got there, the traditional doctor ordered the now suspect to bring out the two firearms and further ordered him to also bring forth the traditional medicine he was using after killing people with his guns after being hired. Before the traditional doctor performed his duties, he charged the now suspect K5000 which he failed to pay and only managed K600,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said after failing to agree on the charge, the village headman of Ndunya village then ordered that the guns and the charms used by the suspect to commit murder be burnt.
He said but , the traditional doctor refused and got the said firearms and went with them back to Mwenewisi village where the matter was the reported to Isoka police station.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Mumbwa bartender gang raped by three men
A 39-year-old bartender of Mumbwa has been left traumatized after she was gang raped by three men.
The victim is believed to have been accompanying the suspects to police after a brawl at the bar and they took advantage, dragged her into a bush and sexually abused her.
However, a fourth suspect who was part of the brawl and not part of the rape has been picked to help apprehend the suspects.
Central Province Commissioner of police David Chileshe who confirmed the sad incident to Mwebantu said it occurred on Saturday around 21:00 hours at Water Affairs area.
He said the victim was accompanying the suspects to police to report a case of malicious damage to property.
“Brief facts were that the victim, while working in the bar observed a fight among the suspects. After some time she saw the suspects fighting the security guard and later accused him of breaking a phone for one of the criminals. This was after the guard attempted to separate the fight. The guard managed to escape from the fighting hoodlums. It was at this point that the four criminals demanded to have the matter reported to the police and insisted that the lady accompany them,” he said.
He said the suspects then started off towards the police station with the bar lady and when they reached water affairs near Munengo bridge, they dragged the victim into a nearby bush where three of the criminals took turns to rape her while the fourth one declined to join in the illicit act.
“After raping the victim the criminals left the scene and ran away. One person was apprehended in connection with the incident to help with investigations as a manhunt for the other suspects continues,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)