4 killed in suspected ritual murder


POLICE in Lusaka have launched a manhunt for the arrest of the perpetrators involved in a suspected ritual killing of four people.

Four people were yesterday in the morning found dead with their private parts and ears removed in Lusaka’s George compound near a place called The Paradise.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga confirmed the incident in Lusaka yesterday.

According to Ms. Munganga, the bodies were discovered by members of the public and had multiple head injuries.

“The police picked up four male bodies with missing private parts and ears in George compound, after being informed by members of the public who reported the case,”  Ms Munganga said.

She said investigations by the police proved that the deceased were dumped in the area after being murdered from elsewhere.

Ms Munganga noted that the incident was suspected to have happened between 23:00 hours on Wednesday and 06:00 hours yesterday.

She appealed to members of the public with information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators to report to the nearest police station.

Ms Munganga said the four bodies were lying at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) mortuary and identified two out of the four as Alex Zulu and Alias Phiri aged 21 and 18 respectively, who were both last seen on Wednesday around 18:00hrs.

And Kapwepwe Ward 25 councillor Maurice Piyo has described the incident as inhuman.

Mr. Piyo urged the police to intensity security not only in his ward but the whole city as such incidents were escalating.

“It is frightening and unheard of that in one night we can have five people brutally murdered and their private parts and ears removed in one area,” he said.

“There is need for the police and neighbourhood watch committees to strengthen security in the area. Zambia Police should deploy more manpower to conduct night patrols,” Mr Piyo said.

He also appealed to residents in the area and the entire city to avoid moving aimlessly at night to avoid being attacked.

Meanwhile, the gruesome murder has instilled fear in the residents who are now demanding for the construction of more police posts to enhance security in the city.

They charged that lack of police presence in some parts of the city had dramatically contributed to the increased number of criminal activities.

Speaking on behalf of the residents Jessy Banda, a resident of George compound, appealed to local authorities to ensure that more police posts were constructed around the city.

“Most areas in Lusaka don’t have police post which is contributing to the increase in the number of such incidents. We are now living in fear because we don’t know when such incidents may happen next,” she said.

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