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Remains of murdered teacher buried

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A Chinsali school teacher allegedly murdered by bandits in January this year has been put to rest.

Lawrence Mulongwe, 36, senior teacher at Kapwepwe basic school in Munwakubili ward of Shiwang’andu constituency whose remains were recovered in the bush on Monday this week, was put to rest yesterday at Lubwa cemetery.

Chinsali District Commissioner, Evelyn Kangwa called on the police and other security
agencies to join forces in reducing the escalating crime levels in the district.

Ms Kangwa said during that the police should ensure that all those connected to the brutal killing of the Kapwepwe teacher were brought to book and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

She warned that anybody trying to frustrate the investigations will not be spared.

Ms Kangwa commended the police for finding body and giving Mulongwe a descent burial.

And Provincial Education Officer (PEO) Jobbicks Kalumba expressed sadness at the continued death of teachers in the district in similar circumstances.

Mr Kalumba said about three Chinsali teachers have been found dead in unexplained circumstances and wondered how teachers have become enemies of society which they were serving so diligently.

Muchinga province Acting Provincial Medical Officer Charles Chungu and another Medical Officer Kamina Kabongo examined the remains of Mulongwe in the presence of the police and his relatives at Chinsali district hospital mortuary before they were buried at Lubwa Cemetery.

However, results of the examination have not yet been released.

Police are holding in custody three people in connection with the death of Mulongwe and they include Mathews Bwalya, a businessman of Chinsali popularly known as Chipendo, Diamond Sichela from New Kapiri Mposhi and Mike Mbewe who was arrested in Mbeya, Tanzania.

The fourth suspect is being held in Tanzania where he is facing similar charges of aggravated robbery and authorities in Zambia are making arrangements to have him extradited back to Zambia to stand trial.

Confirming the recovery of the remains of teacher Mulongwe, Muchinga Province Deputy commissioner of Police Chilije Nyirenda said the suspects led the police in recovering the remains of Mulongwe which were found in the bush in Isoka district on Monday after a
seven-month long search.

Relatives who also accompanied the police identified the clothes Mulongwe was wearing on the day he went missing.

His car believed to have been sold in the neighbouring Malawi has not yet been recovered.

Late Mulongwe was booked by unknown people to take them to Isoka on January 5 this year and never returned.

Mulongwe leaves behind a wife and four children.


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