Dad JOHN PHIRI was so upset by his wife DARING to ask about food for the children that he forced their 2-year-old daughter to sit on a hot charcoal brazier.
Notice that in Zambia, suburban stupidity is apparently not very common. No moronic neighbors proclaiming "shock" or how the perp was such a "nice guy." Nope, the neighbor quoted here knew very well that Daddy was "fond" of beating his wife.
Observe that in the same area, another 10-month-old child was recently killed by her father in reaction to a "marital dispute" with his wife.
Zambia: Father burns 2 year old baby after marital dispute with wife
25th January 2011
By Zumani Katasefa
A two year old baby was burnt on her buttocks by her father after a marital dispute with wife.
Lucy Nampungwe Phiri of Kitwe’s Twatasha compound told UKZAMBIANS yesterday that her husband John Phiri picked the child and made her sit on a hot charcoal brazier.
“It was after I asked him about food for the children that is when he got upset and started shouting at me and threatened to beat me.
“I told him that I was just worried about the children who had not eaten anything for two days. I told him that he was the father of the children and that he is responsible to ensure they have food. That was when he picked the child and put him on fire,” she said.
Mrs. Phiri further narrated that she quickly picked up the child from the fire and called for help from neigbours.
“At this point my husband ran away from home but people started chasing him, so that he could be taken to the police,” she said.
Mrs. Phiri said she took her child to the clinic and reported the matter to the police. She said police are still pursing the matter adding that she would like her husband punished for the offence.
And her neigbour, Bridget Banda, who witnessed the incidence told UKZAMBIANS that Mr. Phiri was fond of beating his wife each time she asked him about food.
Mr. Phiri, 33, has seven children most of them do not go to school, just two attend community school.
Last week, police on the Copperbelt arrested a man of Chingola town for murder after he allegedly threw his ten month old daughter into a well. The man threw his daughter following a marital dispute with his wife.