By OLIVER SAMBOKO
A UPND official in Sinazongwe has poisoned two of his children before ending his own life in an unexplained circumstances, but believed to be as result of a marital dispute with his wife.
According to a close family friend, Mr Bigson Siambilu, who named the victim as Mr Fanta Syaboombe, the man was on separation from his wife.
Mr Siambilu said on Friday, Mr Syaboombe went to his wife’s village to try and convince her to return to the matrimonial home but to no avail.
He also narrated that after failing to secure the return of his wife, Mr Syaboombe only managed to return with the children and that the following morning, he instructed his older children to go to the field while he remained home with the two youngest.
“It was after this that he decided to take his own life and also administered a poisonous substance to the two young children he had remained with,” narrated Mr Siambilu.
He said the UPND official was until his death, one of Bulimi ward trustees under the Sinazongwe Parliamentary constituency.
Mr Siambilu said Mr Syaboombe hanged himself after poisoning his two youngest children aged between five and eight who are in critical condition after being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment.