Police are looking for a woman of Chirundu District in Southern Province only identified as “Bamake Linos” in connection with the death of an eight-month-old child.
Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale, said the woman was said to have caused the death of the child identified as Emmanuel Siabasimbi after she performed a procedure of cutting the inner lining of the tongue.
Mwale in a statement issued in Lusaka on Saturday said the child was suspected to have died from bleeding after the failed procedure.
He said the incident occurred on September 29, 2023 around 06:00 hours in Apollo compound in Chirundu District.
“Police preliminary investigations indicate that the couple (Mr and Mrs Siabasimbi) agreed to take their child to the named woman after they discovered that their child had an inborn disease known as tongue tie locally known as ‘kalimba,” Mwale said.
He said the woman conducted the procedure and in the process the baby bled profusely and was later rushed to Mtendere Mission Hospital where it was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Mwale said the body was in the same Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
“Meanwhile, Police has arrested 48 people for Loitering during a night operation conducted in Lusaka’s Central Business District,” he said.
Mwale said the clean-up operation was conducted between September 29, 2023 around 22:00 hours and September 30, 2023 at 01:30 hours.
He said some suspects were found in possession of property believed to have been stolen while others were found in possession of suspected psychotropic substances.
Mwale said the suspects, all males, aged between 13, and 38, are detained in custody waiting to be formally charged.
“And Police in Chadiza District received a report of drowning in which a 32-year-old man identified as Muntunduwata Phiri was reported to have drowned in Nsadzu Dam,” he said.
Mwale said Polic officers and Fire fighters rushed to the scene to search for the body but it could not find it.
He said Police heard that the man was seen swimming in the dam by fishermen but was later heard shouting for help when he was already in the deep area of the dam.
“This occurred on September 29, 2023 around 13:00 hours.The Searching is ongoing,” Mwale said.
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