Six family members die in road horror

Six members of one family died on the spot in a road accident yesterday on the Mbala- Kasama road.

Northern province Police commissioner Charity Kantanga confirmed that the accident happened around 06 hours.

Ms Katanga said a Toyota Noah registration number ALM 2008 which was being driven by Mose Mayembe, 30, had a rear tyre burst and the car overturned.

She said the family members were travelling from Lusaka to Mbala to complete funeral rites of a relative.

Ms Katanga said four other  victims of the accident have been admitted to the Kasama General Hospital and are in a critical condition Meanwhile, the Tanzanian government has claimed the seven bodies of their nationals shot dead by unknown people in the early morning of Friday last week in Nakonde.

The  seven bodies of middle aged men riddled with bullets were found dumped in a bush in Yolo village about 500 metres away from the Tanzania Zambia border.

Muchinga Province Deputy Police Commissioner Bonny Kapeso confirmed this in an interview in Chinsali District yesterday. Mr. Kapeso said all the seven bodies were claimed last night around 23:00 hours and taken back to Tanzania.

He said police had also handed over one middle aged man who was nursing bullet wounds at New Nakonde District Hospital and was suspected to have been with the dead men.

Mr. Kapeso, however, could not give details as to how the man survived.

A suspect was picked early in the morning on Friday near Chaula filling station with bullet wounds on the left side of his chest similar to the bullet wounds found on the slain men who were dumped in a bush in Yolo village about 500 metres from the Tanzania / Zambia border.Mr. Kapeso said police were still investigating the matter to find out the motive behind dumping the bodies the Zambian soil. On Friday last week, residents of Yolo village woke up to a rude shock when they found seven bodies in the bush. Yolo Village headman Laston Mugala told ZANIS in an interview that the seven bodies were found by school- going children around 06:00 hours.

Mr. Mugala said they did not see or hear the sound of a vehicle that dumped the seven bodies. The seven bodies were kept at old Nakonde district hospital before they were claimed by the Tanzanian authorities.