A 30-year-old man has reportedly poisoned his three children and committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance over divorce in Chunga Township.
A 30-year-old man has reportedly committed suicide by consuming a poisonous substance over divorce.
The man is also said to have poisoned his three children which resulted in two of them dying.
Reports say that the deceased had a quarrel with his wife and she threatened to divorce him.
Confirming the incident, police Spokesperson, Esther Katongo said that the incident occured on January 3, 2021 around 5:pm in Chunga Township, Chimutengo area of Lusaka.
“According to the uncle of the deceased…Webster Kapito aged 49, who reported the matter to Police, his nephew [Biggy Sibungo] 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,” Katongo stated.
The man is said to have 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,” Mrs Katongo stated.
“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. An Inquiry has been opened. Couples should find better ways of sorting out their marital differences as opposed to violence and taking ones life and those of innocent children.” she added.