FIVE people believed to be from one family, including a baby, died in a road traffic accident on the Ndola-Kitwe highway yesterday as road carnage continues to take its toll.
And three children aged between four and six, believed to be from the same family in Kalabo district, have been founded dead in a pond, with their legs tied together.
The accident that happened around 10:00 hours at Maposa, is thought to have been caused by a tyre burst on the Toyota Noah micro-bus registration number ALC 6266 the family was travelling in.
Copperbelt police commissioner Mary Tembo confirmed the accident but was still awaiting further details.
A Daily Mail crew that rushed to the scene found police officers from Baluba Police retrieving bags and other goods from the wreckage.
According to an eye-witness Mary Tembo, the vehicle which was travelling from Lusaka to Zambezi, lost control and overturned.
“We were in a group going to church and suddenly, we saw a cloud of dust and we thought it was a whirlwind but when the dust cleared, we saw items being ejected from a motor vehicle,” she said.
Ms Tembo said after moving closer to the vehicle, the group realised that what they initially thought were flying objects, were actually human beings.
She said the bodies were taken to Ndola Central Hospital while the four injured were rushed to Kitwe Central Hospital (KCH).
Ndola hospital public relations officer Shoena Kamwendo confirmed that four bodies were taken to the hospital around 11:00 hours yesterday.
The dead have been identified as Emmy Kumwenda Machayi of Zambezi, Evelyn Kumwenda of Kaunda Square Township in Lusaka, a minor Kunda Machayi of Zambezi and an unidentified man.
On the Kalabo murders, Zambia Police deputy spokesperson Charity Chanda said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the children went missing on June 26 this year and their bodies were found on August 9.
“The bodies were in a decomposed state with their legs were tied together,” Mrs Chanda said.
She said police are investigating the murder of the three toddlers.
In a similar incident, Mrs Chanda said police have picked up the body of Kalulushi-based Zambia Post Services postmaster Maximillian Chilufya, 47, who was found dead inside the post office.
She said Mr Chilufya of house number 2616 Kwacha Township in Kitwe, was found with bruises on his neck and police suspect he was strangled.
The incident is believed to have happened between August 13 and 14 at Chibuluma Post Office in Kalulushi.
And police have advised citizens to refrain from importing, manufacturing, selling and using artificial uniforms similar to those meant for the defence forces.
Mrs Chanda said it is a criminal offence under the laws of Zambia to import, manufacture, sale and use artificial defence attire.
She said the law only allows citizens to use the uniforms for purposes of stage play performed publicly, with permission from the authorities.