Central province police commissioner Chola Katanga


A husband and wife of Mkushi have committed suicide by taking unknown chemicals following a marital dispute after a drinking spree.

The couple died on Monday at different times between 01:00 hours and 05:00 hours.

Central province police commissioner Chola Katanga confirmed the mishap in an interview.

Mr. Katanga said the victims’s daughter Idesi Ntembwa 31, reported the matter to police that her parents had taken their lives through suicide.

Mr. Katanga identified the victims as Raphael Ntembwa 69, and Bertha Bupe Kunda Mwape 59, both of Ntembwa village in Chibangaarea in Chief Mulungwe’s chiefdom.

Mr. Katanga explained that the couple took their lives by consuming unknown chemicals after a marital dispute.

Mr. Katanga said the dispute erupted when the husband allegedly suspected his wife of planning to kill him with her man friend known as Webby so that the two could get married.

“The dispute erupted after a drinking spree. This was after the husband accused  his wife of planning with her man friend Webby of the same area to kill him so that they could get married.

“The wife died at 01:00 hours and the husband at 05:00 hours,” he said.

Meanwhile, a Mkushi man has died after taking in excess local brew beer populary known as kachasu as his son he was drinking with survived.

The incident occurred on Monday between 00:05hours and 03:00hours in Kasomfi area.

Central province police commissioner Chola Katanga confirmed the incident in an interview.

Mr. Katanga identified the victim as James Ntambalika of Kasomfiarea who was a contractor together with his son Emmanuel Ntambalikaat Ahmed Bissimilai’s Farm. 

Mr. Katanga said last Saturday, around 10:00hours Mr. Ntambalikawith his son had gone for a drinking spree.

He said after taking kachasu, Mr. Ntambalika failed to walk back to the farm and was left alone in the bush where he slept.

Mr. Katanga said after observing that the victim was no where to be seen, on Sunday around 20:00hours a follow up was made only to find him lying unconscious in the bush. 

“The victim  was brought back to the farm where they tried to resuscitate him but failed and he died.

“The body has been inspected and no physical injuries have been observed,” he said.

Mr. Katanga said the family has been advised to bury and the body has since been transferred to Kasokota area where they were relatives.


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