LUSAKA Province 6th March, 2017 – Eight (08) people died while 28 others were injured in a stamped which happened at Olympic Youth Development Center in Lusaka around 06 00 hours today as a crowd jostled to enter the premises.

Among the dead, six are female, one male adult and one male juvenile. Five died on the spot while three died from hospitals where they were rushed for medical attention.

The victims are among the 35, 000 which the group called Lesedi seven, had invited for prayers at OYDC. The group had also organized food hampers to distribute to people. This Lesedi seven is a grouping under Church of Christ

The injured are receiving treatment at Chingwere first level hospital and Chipata clinic while the bodies of the deceased have been taken to UTH mortuary. We have since dispersed the gathering and an inquiry into the matter has been instituted.

MEANWHILE, Police in Chilanga have apprehended a male aged 21 years identified Tapela Phiri of Linda compound in connection with the defiling and strangling of two female juveniles aged three years (03) and seven years (07).

The suspect is reported to have gone to his sister’s house around 19 00 hours yesterday, 5th March, 2017 where he picked his three year old niece identified as Judith Tembo and the seven year old girl identified as Agness Nkhoma, whose parents live in the neighborhood, took them to the bush in Mimosa area where he defiled them and latter murdered them. The suspect also stuffed leaves and grass in the victim’s mouths to prevent them from screaming.

He later dumped the two bodies of the female juveniles along mimosa road and they were discovered by a motorist in the early hours of today at about 02 00 hours and he alerted police.

 The bodies of the deceased are in UTH mortuary while the suspect is detained in police custody.



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