POLICE in Muchinga say a mob in Tanzania has burnt a Zambian to death on suspicion that he was involved in ritual murders in that country.
Confirming the report, Muchinga Province police commissioner Auxensio Daka said the incident happened at Manga area in Mwaka village of Tunduma district on Wednesday afternoon, and identified the deceased as Simon Sinkamba, 24 of Ntindi village in Nakonde.
He said the mob alleged that two Zambians, one of whom had been rescued by the authorities, were behind ritual murders being experienced in the area.
Daka named the survivor as Sunday Sinkamba, 30, Simon’s brother, also of Ntindi village.
He said police at Tunduma received a report from Mwaka village that an unknown male person was burnt to death.
Daka explained that prior to receiving the report, the officer-in-charge at Tunduma was informed that a mob in Tanzania was attacking two unknown men who were speaking Bemba.
He said police officers in Tunduma managed to rescue Sunday while his brother ran away into hiding where he was later found, beaten and burnt to death by the mob.
Daka added that Sinkamba’s body had been taken to Tunduma Hospital mortuary.