ANGRY residents of Lusaka’s George compound on Thursday night burnt down Mwembeshi police post in an attempt to effect mob justice on suspects after the ritual killing of four people in the area.
The protest, which started around 21:00 hrs, was prompted by a rumour that suspects in the murder that has shocked residents of George and nearby compounds, had been apprehended and were in police custody.
The residents threw stones at the police post and set it on fire, demanding that the suspects be released and handed to them.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga confirmed the riot yesterday and the arrest of two key suspects in connection with the riot.
Ms. Munganga said the two suspects whose names had been withheld were expected to lead the police to their accomplices.
She said that a Government truck and three private vehicles were also burnt in the process.
“The police went out in the field to arrest suspects who had committed a different offence. Then rumour went round that the suspects in the murder of four people had been apprehended and were in police custody.
“So members of the community went to the police post demanding that the suspects be released and handed to them so that they could deal with them,” Ms. Munganga said.
Police reinforcements were sent to the area to calm the situation.
Ms. Munganga urged members of the community in the area not resort to rioting but remain calm as the police were determined to handle the situation.
“The murder cases will be investigated and the culprits brought to book. The residents are not solving any problem by damaging or setting ablaze the police post but allowing the criminals to operate freely,” she said.
Police in Lusaka on Thursday morning picked four bodies with missing private parts and ears in George compound near a place called The Paradise.
According to police, the victims were dumped in the area after being murdered from elsewhere.eI don’t have Grade 12