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Lusaka man poisons 3 children, commits suicide

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A male adult aged 30 has committed suicide by consuming an unknown poisonous substance which he is suspected to have also given to his three children which resulted in two of them dying.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the incident occurred in Lusaka on 03rd January, 2021 around 1700 hours in Chunga Township, Chimutengo area.

According to the Uncle of the deceased Biggy Sibungo identified as Webster Kapito aged 49 who reported the matter to Police, his nephew also of Chunga Township had gone to his house (uncle’s) with three children namely male juvenile Troy Sibungo aged eight years, male juvenile Tunity Sibungo aged four years and female Trina Sibungo aged 10 years and was carrying a plastic bag containing a bottle of a soft drink.

He thereafter locked himself together with the three children in one of the rooms at his uncle’s house.

Later, the owner of the house spotted the female juvenile struggling to walk as she was leaving the bedroom.

Upon checking on the other occupants, he discovered that his nephew and the two other children were in a critical condition in the bedroom and that one of the children, male juvenile Tunity Sibungo had died.

The other two children and their father were rushed to Matero Level One Hospital where the male adult Biggie Sibungo and Troy Sibungo died upon arrival at Matero level one Hospital. The female juvenile Trina Sibungo is admitted to the same Hospital receiving treatment.

The bodies of the three deceased persons have been taken to University Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

It is alleged that the deceased male adult Biggy had a quarrel with his wife and that the wife had threatened to divorce him.

Katongo said an inquiry has since been opened.

She urged couples to find better ways of sorting out their marital differences as opposed to violence and taking ones life and those of innocent children.

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