The Zambia police force, known for its brutality to suspects is claiming that an 18-year-old boy of Nanduba area in Kafue district died in a police cell at Turn Pike police post yesterday after hanging himself to a grill door.
Both Kafue Police Officer-In Charge John Milambo and the uncle to the deceased, London Chuma, confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Kafue.
They duo identified the deceased as Charles Simudima of Muchende village in Chief Mwanachingwala’s area in Mazabuka district.
Mr. Chuma said the deceased was arrested after fighting with his friend and was locked up in the cell around 22:00 hours while waiting to be taken to the main police station.
He said the teenager however committed suicide the same night using a rope which was tied to a bicycle that was in the same cell.
He said Charles might have feared that the person he fought with might have died since he had collapsed during the fight.
Mr. Chuma however wondered why the police locked up the deceased in a police cell where there was a rope.
He complained that his nephew might have committed suicide due to negligence on the side of police officers on duty.
He said the police should have ensured that the place was safe and secure before locking up the deceased who was alone in cell.
Mr. Chuma said the body of the deceased is still lying in Kafue district hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem which will determine whether there was foul play or not.
And Mr. Milambo, the Officer-In-Charge at Kafue Police Station, declined to give more details on the matter but referred all quarries to the Police Spokesperson, Elizabeth Kanjela.