Mob kills Mpika 80-year old man

An eighty year old man of Musanda village in Chief Mpumba’s area south of Mpika boma in the Northern Province has been killed with sticks and stones by a mob which accused him of practicing witchcraft. And a 16 month old infant boy has drowned in a washbasin locally known as bafa in Cassanova compound in Mpika. Disclosing the incident today, police sources named the deceased as Elasto Phiri and said his body is lying in Mpika hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem. Police who could not give further details said Phiri was murdered at his home around 23:00 hours last Sunday. Police sources added that four suspects were on the run and that the members of the Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU) and villagers in Mpumba area had been tasked to track down the culprits. Police sources named the baby boy as Innocent Lenga who drowned last Monday between 12:00 and 13:00 hours at the time its mother was escorting some friends. The sources added that police suspected that while the child was playing about it might have strayed to the tap where a bafa filled with water was placed and slipped into it. In a related incident, a 25 year old man last Monday committed suicide by hanging himself with a rope at Nkondwa small holdings in Mpika. Mpika police named the victim as Chanda Chibulale of Chisanga village in Chief Chikwanda’s area. Police sources disclosed that Chibulale had earlier on separated with his wife who is currently staying with her relatives in Chitulika village. According to sources within Chisanga village, Chibulale took away his own life because his relatives had allegedly neglected him. And a 42 year old man is detained at Mpika remand prison in connection with the defiling of a seven year old girl at Chita village in Chief Chikwanda’s area. Police named the detained man as Stanley Chilekwa of the same village and disclosed that the incident happened on 18th September 2009 around 09:00 hours while the girl’s parents had gone to the field. Also thieves last Sunday attacked Mutinondo Wilderness proprietor a Mr. Merrit and his wife at their home around 19:45 hours and made away with cash box containing 17 million kwacha and Isuzu trooper motor vehicle registration number AOA 3353. The vehicle which was used as gateway was later abandoned in Chitambo area in Serenje district of the central province and it has since been pulled to Mpika and is parked at Mpika police station. Police said the duo was admitted to Chilonga Mission hospital for observations and was later discharged. Northern Province Police Commanding Officer Charles Lungu could not make any comment because he was in a meeting and requested to be called at 13:00 hours. “I am sorry, I can’t comment at this time because I am in a meeting. Please ring me at 13:00 hours and I will be able to comment on those issues,” said Lungu. However, when he was phoned at 13:00 hours as per his request, he could not pick his mobile phone until it went to voice mail. Lungu was again rang at 16:28 hours, but could not answer the phone.

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