Witchdoctor arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a 10 year old girl of Lusaka,as IG warns criminals behind the killings
POLICE have arrested two suspected criminals in connection with the gruesome murder of the 10-year-old girl identified as Universal Kamushi of Lusaka West who was went missing on March 24, 2023.
The suspects have been identified as Harrison Chisenga aged 25 of Chipata Compound and Jacob Phiri aged 36 of Ngombe Compound.
And Police have also arrested a witchdoctor and his son in connection with the same incident.
Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba said Harrison Chisenga was picked up on March 28, 2023 around 19:30 hours after a tip-off from concerned members of the community in Lusaka’s Westwood area who saw him hiding in one of the unfinished houses.
He said after interrogations, the suspect revealed that he was with his friend identified as Jacob Phiri during the killing of the girl.
“The two suspects later led Police officers to a Witch Doctor identified as Pensulo Musonda aged 68 of Chipata Compound where they took the body parts of the girl. The Witch doctor was picked together with his 27-year-old son identified as Justin Musonda.
Investigations have since heightened and all the suspects are detained in Police custody,” he said.
And the IG says his command has noted with concern the escalating cases of missing persons, majority of which are children.
He said Police investigations have so far revealed that most of the cases turned out to be abductions by people who happen to be known or close to the victims.
Mr Kajoba said public safety and in particular the safety of childrenshould be everyone’s concern.
“As such, parents, guardians, school authorities and society as a whole have a huge role to play.The two recent crime incidents involving the abduction and eventual killing of Chikondi Banda and Universal Kamushi are suspected to have been perpetrated by people known by the two victims. The suspects allegedly took advantage of the victims while they had left their homes for school,” he said.
The IG has since directed Police officers under the Zambia Police Community Services Department (CSD) to enhance security sensitization programmes in schools, shurches and compounds countrywide.
He said the move will help enlighten children on the importance of personal security.
“Where possible, children must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or a close relative as they go to and from school.
Further, guardians are advised to always ensure that they monitor the movement of their children or any person under their custody. Let us all remember that, “Children Should Be Seen and Not Heard,” he said.
Mr Kajoba also warned would-be perpetrators of such crimes that police are monitoring with keen interest and we will do everything possible in order to pursue offenders and make sure that they are made to answer for their actions.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday 29th March, 2023)
‘Abductors’ to finally take plea on June 5,2023
A medical review report has revealed that the health condition of James Bwalya, one of the alleged abductors who has a spinal injury, has significantly improved.
A Judge has since ordered that both Bwalya and his co-accused Mathews Sikaonga should now proceed to take plea on June 5.
The case came up this morning for presentation of a medical review report for Bwalya.
Bwalya and Sikaonga, are facing 54 charges of abduction, rape, assault and others allegedly committed between January and October last year.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Traditional doctor reports suspect to police after failure to pay for service
AFTER failing to pay for a service rendered to him by a traditional doctor, a man of Chinsali has been reported to police for being in possession of firearms and charms.
It is believed that the said fire arms and charms have been used to kill people.
The illegal possession of the home made firearms and charms came to light when the suspect Dosani Sichimata along with his brother approached the traditional doctor for help involving his daughter.
The suspect, who is now on the run told the traditional doctor that his daughter was having nightmares suspectedly because of the job he was hired to do, which involved killing people.
However, he failed to pay the K5,000 demanded by the traditional doctor for the services rendered, leading to him being reported to police.
Muchinga province commanding officer Kaunda Mubanga said the incident occured between May 25th around 15:00 hours and May 29 the around 10:00 hours at Ndunya village in Chinsali district.
“Brief facts are that a traditional doctor Lyson Simukoko aged 37 of Kapillonga village in Isoka went to Mwenekasi village to perform his duties as a traditional doctor and was accommodated by his elder brother Ronald Simukoko a village headman of the said village and also a reporter in this matter. Whilst there at Mwenekasi village, he was approached by two brothers Bevien Sichimata and Dosani Sichimata who came from Ndunya village,” he said.
He said the suspect Dosani told him that he needed help from the traditional doctor, explaining that his daughter had nightmares whenever she slept and he suspected that this happened because he has been hired by different persons to kill people using his guns.
Mr Kaunda explained that the traditional doctor and the two brothers then travelled to Ndunya village and a K150 was charged by the doctor.
“When they got there, the traditional doctor ordered the now suspect to bring out the two firearms and further ordered him to also bring forth the traditional medicine he was using after killing people with his guns after being hired. Before the traditional doctor performed his duties, he charged the now suspect K5000 which he failed to pay and only managed K600,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said after failing to agree on the charge, the village headman of Ndunya village then ordered that the guns and the charms used by the suspect to commit murder be burnt.
He said but , the traditional doctor refused and got the said firearms and went with them back to Mwenewisi village where the matter was the reported to Isoka police station.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)
Mumbwa bartender gang raped by three men
A 39-year-old bartender of Mumbwa has been left traumatized after she was gang raped by three men.
The victim is believed to have been accompanying the suspects to police after a brawl at the bar and they took advantage, dragged her into a bush and sexually abused her.
However, a fourth suspect who was part of the brawl and not part of the rape has been picked to help apprehend the suspects.
Central Province Commissioner of police David Chileshe who confirmed the sad incident to Mwebantu said it occurred on Saturday around 21:00 hours at Water Affairs area.
He said the victim was accompanying the suspects to police to report a case of malicious damage to property.
“Brief facts were that the victim, while working in the bar observed a fight among the suspects. After some time she saw the suspects fighting the security guard and later accused him of breaking a phone for one of the criminals. This was after the guard attempted to separate the fight. The guard managed to escape from the fighting hoodlums. It was at this point that the four criminals demanded to have the matter reported to the police and insisted that the lady accompany them,” he said.
He said the suspects then started off towards the police station with the bar lady and when they reached water affairs near Munengo bridge, they dragged the victim into a nearby bush where three of the criminals took turns to rape her while the fourth one declined to join in the illicit act.
“After raping the victim the criminals left the scene and ran away. One person was apprehended in connection with the incident to help with investigations as a manhunt for the other suspects continues,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 31st May, 2023)