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Man burns family and shoots neighbors

Four people died after their dwelling house was put on fire while three others who had gone to rescue the victims were shot at by the suspect identified as Jethro Makondo.

Police rushed to the scene and discovered that four people from one family were burnt inside the house which was set on fire by Jethro Makondo aged 74 of the neighbouring village within Makondo.

Those that were burnt to death have since been identified as Josephine Hanyakama aged 82, her daughter Lenifer Ngandu aged 57, a Juvenile Nene Ngandu aged 8 and Hope Nyumba aged 12.

A Juvenile aged 13 managed to escape from the fire inside the house but he sustained multiple burns on his body. he is currently admitted to Monze mission hospital. All the fire victims are one family of Majata village chief Hamaundu of Pemba.

It was also discovered that the said suspect Jethro Makondo shot at three persons who had rushed to the burning house to rescue the fire victims. And those shot at have since been identified as Dorothy Ngandu aged 58 who sustained bullet wounds on her right shoulder and chest area, Ngandu Highes aged 44 who sustained gunshots wounds around the chest a Juvenile aged 13 all of Majata village who sustained gunshot wounds on the chest and abdomen area.

Of the three gunshot victims female Dorothy Ngandu was pronounced dead upon arrival at Monze Mission Hospital the other two are battling for their lives at the same Hospital.

Later the suspect went back to his house within the same community and shot himself through the mouth using his gun and died on the spot.

The same short gun used to shoot himself and others have since been recovered by Police officers.

All bodies of the deceased persons including the suspect have been deposited in Monze mission hospital awaiting postmortem.

Police preliminary investigations indicate that Jethro Makondo was the husband of the deceased Lenipher Ngandu. Then on November 3, 2022, Lennifer Ngandu ran away from their matrimonial home and went to her mother’s place ( Josephine Hanyakama) and never wanted to go back to her husband because of his
behaviour.

The husband on November 22, 2022, around 01:00 hours followed the wife at her mother’s place.

Whilst there, he tied the door with a wire from outside and poured petrol in the two-room house resulting in an inferno which killed the victims. Later he opened fire on three of the rescuers who had rushed to the scene.

Afterwards he went back to his house where he also shot himself in one of his houses and died.

Police have opened an inquiry file into the incident.

In other news – Businessman Maxwell Chongu nabbed

Police in Lusaka through the Investigations Team have arrested and charged Maxwell Chongu a businessman aged 41 and Rozyna Mweemba Mumba a housewife aged 37 both of Avondale in Lusaka and Directors of Greenside Suppliers and Investments Limited for the offences of Undertaking Construction Works without a valid National Council for Construction Certificate Contrary to Section 21(1)(2) of the National Council for Construction (NCC) Act No. 13 of 2003, Obtaining Pecuniary Advantage by False Pretences Contrary to Section 309A of the Penal Code Chapter 87 and Money Laundering Contrary to Section seven of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act number 14 of 2001 as read with amendment Act Number 44 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

Maxwell Chongu

The duo through their Company Greenside Supplies and Investments Limited secured a sub-contract with the AFCONS Infrastructure Limited in the construction of Lusaka City Decongestion Project in May 2019 without a valid National Council for Construction Certificate and thereby obtained a pecuniary advantage of USD 48,512 from the Government of the Republic of Zambia. Learn More

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