Police in Milenge district of Luapula Province are pursuing Gilbert Kantali who is on the run after beating his wife to death for failure to prepare nshima.
Luapula Police Chief, Fwambo Siame, said in a statement on Friday that they have launched a manhunt for Kantali in connection with the death of his wife.
The incident happened on Saturday April,1 2023 and the suspect is at large.
“On Thursday police were informed by health authorities from Kapalala Rural Health Center that there was a suspected murder case of a woman,” he said.
Acting on the report, Siame said officers went to the health facility and found the body of the victim identified as Janet Kunda, aged 32.
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“Upon physically inspecting the body found that it had multiple bruises on the right ear, right shoulder, left breast, below the ribs, left arm and right leg,” he said.
Brief facts are that the victim informed her mother after gaining consciousness that she was beaten by her husband in that she did not cook nshima for him.
>“On the material day the health centre in the district around 12:00 hours received the victim who was then neither talking nor walking and was taken to the centre by her mother, Agnes Kunda, 52,” Siame stated.
The victim was admitted and was being treated and when she gained consciousness, she told her mother that she had been beaten by her husband Kantali because she did not prepare nshima for him.
He narrated that the victim was kicked all over her body.
Siame said the victim died 30 minutes later and the body was in the mortuary awaiting post-mortem examination.
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