From CHOMBA MUSIKA and ARTHUR MWANSA
A 20-YEAR-OLD woman of Shibwela village in Namwala has been shot dead by her stepfather after a dispute over the choice of man she wanted to get married to.
And some human bones, including a skull, were yesterday discovered in an alley behind Zamcom Lodge in Lusaka when Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) employees were unblocking a sewer line.
Southern Province deputy commissioner of police Milner Muyambango said yesterday that Phinias Shibwela, 45, also of Shibwela village in Chief Mungaila, allegedly shot dead Neta Mulimbwa and then turned the gun on himself.
Mr Muyambango said the incident happened around 08:00 hours on Wednesday in the same village after Ms Mulimbwa insisted on a marriage his stepfather did not consent to.
“The woman’s parents were not happy with the man she wanted to get married to but she insisted that she wanted to go [into the marriage],” he said.
Mr Muyambango said an argument ensued and Mr Shibwela allegedly shot his stepdaughter dead and also shot himself.
The bodies are in the Namwala District Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem and burial.
And the macabre bones find in Lusaka followed a request to LWSC by residents that a sewer line had been blocked for two weeks.
Employees at the scene, who sought anonymity, believe the person could have been murdered months ago.
It is further believed that the bones belonged to a male person because the remains were found in a pair of trousers and socks.
The matter has been reported to police.