FOUR people have died in Kalenga village of Chief Mujimanzovu’s area in Solwezi after they were allegedly hit by a moving coffin.
But North Western Province police deputy commissioner Geoffrey Kunda Mr Kunda has confirmed that four men from the same village have since been arrested in connection with the murders.
He said it was regrettable that the four died because of an “ill” traditional practice and warned that police would not tolerate the charming of coffins popularly known in the region as Chikondo.
Mr Kunda who confirmed the incident said the four were separately knocked down by the coffin.
He explained that the incident happened on Wednesday at about 19: 00 hours when villagers put charms on the coffin of an unidentified grade12 female pupil who died from suspected witchcraft.
“We received reports that 4 elderly people died after they were knocked down by a charmed coffin in Chief Mujimanzovu’s area.
“The parents of the female juvenile suspected that their daughter did not die from natural causes but from witchcraft hence their course of action” he said.”
Mr. Kunda however said that police have received reports that the female pupil died after carrying out an illegal abortion.
“From our investigations we have some information that the girl may have died from an abortion and not witchcraft as suspected by her parents” he said.
Mr Kunda identified the deceased as Yosa Kalenga a female aged 79, Philemon Shiksosa ,80, Steven Kanyombe, 83, and Ronah Kalovatina a female aged 60.
He said 3 of the bodies have been buried while one was still at Solwezi General Hospital mortuary.