Ex-Kitwe Mayor takes own life after raping niece

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Former Mayor of Kitwe Divo Katete has committed suicide after allegedly raping his 17-year-old niece, police have confirmed.

At the time of his death, Katete was opposition UPND Copperbelt Deputy Information and Publicity Secretary.

Copperbelt Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said Katete, of house number 45 Geddies street Nkana East, allegedly raped his niece in his house before committing suicide later in the day in his car in Garnaton area.

“Yes, we have a case of suicide in which the victim’s elder brother reported that his young brother by the name of Divo Bydon Katete committed suicide. It is alleged that Katete raped his niece at his house around 16:30 hours yesterday (Friday). Upon sensing that he will be reported to the police, he went to Garnaton where he committed suicide. This happened around 19:00 hours yesterday,” Katanga told journalists.

She says Katete’s body has been deposited in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

In 2015, Katete was acquitted by the Kitwe Magistrate Court for a defilement charge.


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