NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
A DISPUTE has erupted between the family of the slain 30-year-old Lusaka wife and that of her suspected killer husband following the failure by the two parties to raise K20,000 needed to transport the deceased’s body to Nakonde for burial.
The family of the deceased woman is demanding that her body be taken to Nakonde for burial but the suspected killer’s relatives have allegedly said there is no money to undertake such an expensive venture.
A check by the Daily Mail at the funeral house in Meanwood Kwamwena yesterday found only a handful of the man’s family members while the deceased woman’s relatives had left in anger.
Charity Namukoko and her suspected lover, Andrew Chibesa, 27, both teachers at Crown Academy, were on Thursday evening allegedly shot dead by 33-year-old Peter Siwale, a businessman, after he reportedly found them in a compromised mood near a sewerage.
Ms Namukoko’s sister, Petronella Sikanyika, said the two families are failing to agree on where to bury the body of the dead woman. They have allegedly also differed on how to raise money to transport Ms Namukoko’s body to Nakonde.
Ms Sikanyika said her family members have decided to leave the funeral home for Nakonde, where they hail from, and that the man’s relatives will transport it when they are ready to do so.
“Right now we are at Chelston Police Station with our in-laws with the hope that a solution will be found,” she said.
Ms Sikanyika explained that her family is ready to take the body to Nakonde only if money to buy a coffin and for transport is found.
But the murder suspect’s cousin, Emmanuel Ng’ambi, said his family does not have the capacity to raise K20,000 to transport Ms Namukoko’s body to Nakonde.
Mr Ng’ambi said Mr Siwale is the bread winner of the family who when asked about the money for transporting the remains of his wife, said he only has K1,800 in his three bank accounts.
“We suggested to our in-laws that the body be buried here as it will be cheaper, but they all refused and opted to leave the funeral home in anger,” he said.
Mr Ng’ambi said his family is struggling to feed mourners and hence cannot manage to raise the K20,000 needed to transport Ms Namukoko’s body to Nakonde.
“These are hard times and we are all broke.
“We were thinking that maybe we could use Mr Siwale’s other car to transport the body, but it has a problem,” he said.
The couple’s three children, including their 12-year-old niece, have been taken to the social welfare department where they are currently being kept.
Meanwhile, Mr Chibesa, who was shot dead together with Ms Namukoko, has been buried at Mutumbi cemetery in Lusaka.