A 55-year-old unidentified Lusaka man has died from suspected suffocation whilst his friend is admitted at the University Teaching Hospital after taking Chibuku.

According to a statement from police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo, the deceased and his friend were contracted to build a structure on a Chawama resident’s farm but they died between November 25, 2017 at 19:00 hours and November 26 at 07:30 hours.

She stated that police found a brazier with two half filled bottles of Chibuku at the scene.

“A 55 year-old-male adult whose particulars are not yet established was discovered dead while the other person only identified as Sakala was found in an unconscious state due to suspected suffocation. The victims both of Chawama compound were contracted by a named Chawama resident aged 45 years to build a structure on his farm. This incident happened between 25th November, 2017 at about 19:00 hours and 26th November, 2017 at 07:30 hours.
The survivor was rushed to ZAF Hospital and later referred to UTH where he is currently admitted. The relatives to both victims have not yet been located,” Katongo stated.

“When the scene of crime was visited, a brazier with two bottles half filled with Chibuku Beer suspected to have been consumed by the victims was found in the room. The beer has been submitted to Food and Drug laboratory for analysis. The body of the deceased is lying in UTH mortuary awaiting postmortem.”

Meanwhile, Katongo stated that one person died on the spot in an accident which occurred around 22:30 hours along Kafue road opposite Baobab College yesterday.

“Involved was a motor vehicle BMW with unknown registration number driven by unknown driver of Indian nationality driving from south to north who died on the spot and also an unknown female passenger who sustained serious injuries and is admitted to UTH. The accident happened due to excessive speed which led the driver to lose control of the motor vehicle and went off the road and hit into a ZESCO pole and later went into flames,” stated Katongo.