Police in Lusaka, Zambia have arrested a 46-year-old woman identified as Mary Phiri on allegations that he burnt to death her own husband.

Zambia Police public relations officer, Esther Mwaata confirmed of the development and identified the deceased husband as Solomon Zulu, 54 who met his fate on 26 October this year.

Reports say during that day around 04 00 hours and 0430 hours, Mary Phiri allegedly set ablaze the house, which the couple was renting, after locking her husband inside the house.

“The victim was rescued by the Landlord Lazarous Mwila who heard him call for help and when he went outside, he noticed that the house in which the victim was, was on fire and that the victim was trying to escape through a window but it was small.

“He then called for help from other people in the neighbourhood who managed to rescue the victim and put out the fire, ” explained Mwaata.

The victim suffered severe burns and was rushed to Chipata first level Hospital and was later refered to UTH where he later died on 27th October, 2018 at about 1100 hours.

At about 17:45 hours members of the public managed to apprehend the suspect who had initially ran away and handed her over to Police.

The reason behind the wife’s act is not yet known but there are speculations that she may have done that after hearing rumors that her husband was going out with other women.

Meanwhile, the woman is in custody and it is said she will soon appear in court over arson and murder charges.

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