Police in Nchelenge District of Luapula Province have arrested a 24 yr old man for killing his one year, six month old niece in a rage after running out of relish on his plate.
The man, identified as Mike Mukalayi of Mukwakwa area, about 30 kilometers from Nchelenge Boma killed the infant around 14:00 hrs yesterday.
Confirming the incident to ZANIS, Luapula Province Police Chief, Auxencio Mbewe said Mukalayi was having lunch with his family and when he ran out of fish that he was eating with nshima, he demanded for more but he was informed that it had finished.
Mr Mbewe said upon hearing that the relish had finished Mukalayi went on a rampage and beat up his mother.
He said in the fracas Mukalayi picked up a log and smashed the head of the baby resulting in the infant sustaining a deep cut leading to the death.
Mr Mbewe said the accused has been remanded at Nchelenge Police Station and will appear in court on Monday.
He said the body of the baby is lying in St Paul’s Mission Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem.