Slain NIPA student was probably pregnant as one suspect goes underground

Slain NIPA student was probably pregnant as one suspect goes underground

Late Ruth

AS POLICE continue to investigate the grisly murder of NIPA student Ruth Mbandu, well-placed sources have told the Sunday Mail that a Lusaka-based businessman whom police suspect is involved in the murder is on the run.
The sources said the man fled after a tip that police were pursuing him.
“The man is suspected to have conspired with one of the suspects who is in police custody,” the sources said.
And the Sunday Mail has also learnt that Ruth was probably pregnant at the time of her death.
Her close childhood friend said Ruth had told her she was about four to five months pregnant but was afraid to tell her mother although she eventually did.
She described Ruth as a generous and cheerful person.
Another friend said it was not strange to hear that Ruth had gone to visit her uncle in Kabanana because she was close to him and she confided in him a lot.
“Uncle George [Kalomo] was like her father,” she said.
The sources also said police have not been able to trace the phone call that Ruth made to her mother at 18:30 hours on July Friday 13, the day she was killed.
And Lusaka province commissioner of police Solomon Jere said police are working hard to close in on another man, named only as Stanley, who is also on the run.
Stanley is believed to be the driver of ‘Archbishop’ Evans Ngulube, 58, of Mount Zion Spirit church, one of the people detained in connection with the murder which has shocked the nation.
“Stanley has been working at a place called Kara Trading,” he said.
Dr Jere said Bishop Ngulube and Pastor Kalomo, a pastor at Joy Church who is also Ruth’s uncle, are believed to be in some form of alliance as clergymen.
According to Dr Jere, Pastor Kalomo is still in police custody because he needs to answer more questions to help with investigations.
Meanwhile, police officers exhumed the body of Ruth on Friday because of new evidence that emerged after burial.
Dr Jere said the body was exhumed because police had certain pieces of evidence such as hair and others which they want to examine to help shed more light on the on-going investigations.
The Sunday Mail also contacted Ruth’s boyfriend Steve Muloke Hefner to find out how he is coping with the death but he handed over the phone to his mother.
“Please Steve has been devastated by this incident and I would rather he is left alone. This thing has hit him hard. He needs to get over it,” the mother said, adding: “at the moment, we only prefer to talk to the police. Please understand.”
Ruth was murdered under unclear circumstances when she went to visit Pastor Kalomo in Kabanana.
Preliminary post mortem results revealed that the cause of death was brain hemorrhage, due to multiple fractures to the skull.
According to her grandmother Brenda Kalomo, Ruth left home for Kabanana on Friday morning at about 08:00 hours to watch a DVD at Pastor Kalomo’s home.
She said she kissed her goodbye and Ruth said she would be back home as soon as she was done, not knowing that was the last time she was seeing her grandchild.
“Ruth loved going to her uncle’s home to watch DVDS because our DVD player is faulty,” she said.
Ms Kalomo said at about 21:30 hours on the fateful Friday when Victoria Mbandu, Ruth’s mother arrived home, she asked if Ruth had returned from her uncle’s home.
Upon learning that she was not yet home, Ms Mbandu told them that Ruth had called her at 18:30 hours to tell her she was on her way home.
But on Saturday morning around 06:00 hours, a young boy from the neighbourhood knocked on their door and asked Ruth’s grandmother if she had spent the night at home.
When he was told she had not, the boy said he had seen her body dumped three houses away from their home.
Ms Kalomo alerted Ms Mbandu and they quickly rushed to the scene where Ruth’s naked body lay. Her eyes had been gouged out, her facial skin removed and ears plucked.

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