PANIC and fear yesterday gripped parents with children at Kitwe Main Basic (KMB) School after word went round that two bodies of school children suspected to have been victims of suspected ritual killers have been found in one of the school toilets.
The information was later discovered to be a hoax but some Kitwe residents could not understand why some people could spread such lies to unsettle the community.
A visit to the school by the Daily Nation found that all the children had been told to knock off early following the hoax that two bodies of school children had been found in one of the toilets at the school.
One of the teachers told the Daily Nation that the school administration decided to release the children before knocking off time following the hoax because some residents wanted to riot.
She said the school administration decided to call the police to provide security in case people decided to riot over the hoax of ritual murder at the school.
“People almost rioted here after a hoax that two children had been killed by ritual murders and their bodies thrown into the toilet. So we decided to release the children before knocking off time. We also called the police to deal with any riotous behaviour from the residents.
“The truth of the matter is that no body of a murdered school child was found in the toilet and we are really wondering what was the motive of spreading such lies which unsettles the people?” one female teacher said.
And Kitwe district commissioner Chanda Kabwe, who rushed to the school, said the rumour was a political scheme to create confusion and incite people to riot so that the Government was seen as if it had failed to govern the country.
Mr Kabwe said the people who were spreading such lies were from a named opposition political which wanted to cause confusion in the country through inciting people to rise against the Government.
“The motive behind spreading such kind of lies is to incite the people so that they start rioting. And if they riot and damage property, then the same opposition will say the PF government has failed to govern the country.