POLICE in Lusaka yesterday rescued three boys from a suspected bizarre ritual that could have led to the death of the boys.
The three children were rescued from a shallow water-well covered with heavy logs of wood and other objects by some congregates of United Church of Zambia (UCZ) at Lusaka’s Kabangwe congregation.
A caretaker of the church has been arrested to assist with investigations while the church leadership has been summoned and would appear at Lusaka Central Police this morning.
Lusaka Division Police chief Solomon Jere confirmed the incident in an interview and took to task a police officer from Kabangwe for not arresting the suspects who were conducting prayers at the time saying this amounted to being accomplices.
Dr Jere said the three children were rescued from the well while some members of the congregation were found worshiping at the same water-well where the kids were buried alive.
The unidentified children of the same area aged nine, 10 and 14 years, were found with deep bruises on their heads, backs and buttocks, though one of the boys ran away.
Dr Jere said a docket for the leaders of the congregation was opened while clothes of the three boys were found with the caretaker.
Dr Jere said some people in the neighbourhood got incensed upon seeing what the church members were doing and tipped police who quickly rushed to the scene.
“In Kabangwe area, we had a serious case where three children were buried alive into a hole by some UCZ church members and they covered it with heavy logs and other objects and the members started worshiping.
“We don’t really know the reason or motives behind but we also found the clothes of these children with a caretaker,” Dr Jere said.
The caretaker tried to prevent the police from carrying out their duties.
Dr Jere said police have since instituted investigations to establish reasons why the members could go to an extent of burying the children and start worshiping.
He said, although people had freedom of worshipping in accordance with different church doctrines, it was inhuman to bury alive anybody.
He appealed to society to avoid incidences that threatened and put human life in jeopardy.
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