Kafue mother and child burnt to ashes in suspected murder

A MOTHER and her baby have been burnt to death in Kafue’s Chanyanya after their grass-thatched house caught fire in the early hours of yesterday.
The victims have been identified as Tridah Nkotani, 23, an employee of Kafue Sugar, and her two-year-old son, Hsani. Police suspect foul play.
The bodies were buried at Chanyanya cemetery as soon as they were retrieved from the debris. They were burnt beyond recognition.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Joyce Kasosa and Kafue district commissioner Grace Ngulube confirmed the incident in separate interviews yesterday.
Ms Kasosa said the incident happened at Chikusu village. No suspects have been arrested yet as investigations continue.
“Investigations are going on and we hope members of the public can assist us with leads to get the culprits behind this incident,” she said.
Meanwhile Ms Ngulube, who accompanied police officers to the scene of the incident, said local people, including traditional leaders suspect foul play as the main door was tied with a wire from outside.
“Everyone, including myself, suspects that the mother was murdered inside the house and the assailants tied the door with a wire.
“The body of her son was found near the door, indicating that the child was trying to get out of the house but the door was tied with a wire from outside,” she said.
Ms Ngulube said when she got to the scene around 05:00 hours in the company of police officers,  she found some people battling to quench the fire using buckets of water but to no avail.
She said fire incidents and murders in Chanyanya are prevalent and called on the police to thoroughly investigate such occurrences.
“People are killing each other here [Chanyanya]… this is the fourth incident since I became district commissioner. We need to investigate this matter and get to know who is behind this,” she said.
Ms Ngulube said it was sad to lose lives under such circumstances and advised members of the public to report any suspicious-looking people to the police.

 Daily Mail

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