NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
A 34-YEAR-OLD man of Pemba has allegedly killed his father who refused to give him some of his cattle to sell while three others have been slain in different parts of the country on suspicion of practising witchcraft. And Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba has warned that perpetrators of such heinous crimes will be made accountable for their criminal activities. Mr Kajoba is concerned about a growing trend where some relatives and members of the public are killing elders on suspicion of practising witchcraft while others have eliminated old people with the motive of inheriting their property. “Police have continued recording this crime pattern which, if left unchecked, murders of innocent people will continue,” he said.
In the Pemba case, Benson Muloongo, 64, of Mulampa village, was found dead in his soya beans field after being shot by unknown people. He had multiple wounds on his right arm, armpit and right leg. Mr Kajoba said investigations established that relatives suspected the son, Oliver, who lives in Lusaka and sometimes stays in his late father’s village, of being behind the murder. “The reason for the suspicion is that on several occasions, he would threaten to do something bad to his father because he refused to share four cattle. “The suspect was CLICK TO READ MORE