ANGRY mourners have destroyed Nakonde hospital mortuary and several wards after word went round that a mortuary attendant finished off their relative who had resurrected.
Nakonde district commissioner James Singoi and PF constituency youth chairman Ronnie Mulwe confirmed the incident that happened in the early hours of Monday.
Mulwe said Justin Sikombe, 26, of Ntindi village died after a reported drinking spree on Sunday and was taken to the mortuary the same night.
“He (Justine) went out drinking on Sunday and after taking too much beer, he fell face down and hit his forehead on a stone. He died instantly and he was taken to the hospital’s Brought-In-Dead section.
Today (yesterday) people gathered at the graveyard for his burial and whilst there, someone announced that the body would delay to get there because there was a complication. He told the gathering that the man whom they were waiting to bury rose from the dead whilst in the mortuary at night and that the attendant there finished him off with a hammer …” Mulwe narrated.
He said upon hearing the disturbing news, the angry relatives then went to the hospital to protest over the ‘killing’ of their relative and destroyed hospital property and shattered windows to the female ward.
“They damaged a lot of property at the hospital, including the house of the same mortuary attendant called Mixston Musukwa. They have threatened to kill him also and they want to burn the hospital. But the police are here now,” he narrated.
And Singoi said it was unfortunate that the mourners resorted to destroying government property without following the rightful procedure in airing their grievances.
“They should have at least reported the matter to police so that an inquiry can be made to ascertain whether it was true that their relative woke up or not,” Singoi said in a telephone interview.
And police sources in Nakonde said two people had been arrested in connection with the same and that Musukwa had been put under police protection.
“So far, two people are in our custody and we are still investigating the matter. The number might go up,” sources said./POSTZAMBIA