By MAYA NTANDA and
A GRADE 11 pupil has been raped after a drinking spree in Chambishi on the Copperbelt Province.
The pupil, of Zambia Township, is said to have gone to drink beer within the area but on her way home was confronted by someone she knew, who allegedly beat and raped her.
Copperbelt Police Chief Joyce Kasosa confirmed the incident which happened around 20:00 hours on Sunday.
Ms Kasosa said the victim, aged 22 reported the incident to the police and indicated that she knew her assailant.
“We have a case of rape in which a pupil reported that she was raped by a known person around 20:00 hours on Sunday and the circumstances are that she was beaten and raped on her way home from drinking,” she said.
Ms Kasosa said the victim complained of painful private parts and that the medical report form signed by medical authorities confirmed that she was raped.
She said a docket of rape has been opened and investigations launched.
Ms Kasosa however said no arrests had been made.
Meanwhile, a 30-year-old guard working for a Chinese company constructing the Kawambwa-Luwungu road has hanged himself to a tree in Kawambwa District after he was found stealing two pockets of cement.
Gift Bupe of Senami Village in Chief Mushota’s area in Kawambwa, hanged himself to a tree using a rope on Monday around 23:00 hours.
Luapula Province Commissioner of Police Malcolm Mulenga said yesterday that it is suspected that Bupe committed suicide because he was earlier caught stealing two pockets of cement for the company where he kept watch.
“The uncle to the deceased, who is also the village headman, Albert Kaunda is the one who reported the matter to police and he said that relatives did not suspect foul play because the man was earlier found stealing cement,” Mr Mulenga said.
He said Bupe was one of the eight people employed by the Chinese company UNIK, to guard pockets of cement put along the Kawambwa-Luwungu road.
Mr Mulenga also said four juveniles and two adults of Kilwa Island in Nchelenge were on Monday arrested by authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for illegal fishing.
The six, however, have been released even though their boats and fishing equipment have been detained by DRC authorities in Nkole Island in that country.
Mr Mulenga said the juveniles who are between 15 and 18 years old and a 19-year-old Patrick Chiwe and 28-year-old John Kaluba, all of Nshimba Village in Chief Nshimba’s area in Nchelenge were arrested on Lake Mweru around 09:00 hours in the Zambian waters.
They were all released later on.