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Pastor incites pupils to riot

MELODY MUPETA, Kitwe and HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama
PUPILS at the newly-built Katuta Boarding School in Luwingu district in Northern Province have damaged property in a riot sparked by suspicion that some teachers

are practising witchcraft.  
After word spread that some of their teachers were allegedly engaged in witchcraft, the irate pupils mobilised themselves on Wednesday night and started throwing stones at the school infrastructure, damaging window panes.
Northern Province commissioner of police Richard Mweene and Luwingu district commissioner Patrick Chanda confirmed the incident.
Mr Mweene said school head teacher Friday Chanda reported the matter to police on Thursday.
The riots started after two pupils at the school were told by a named pastor that they were failing examinations because some of their teachers were Satanists.
“The pupils rioted on July 26, 2017 between 20:00 hours and 01:00 hours over suspicions that their teachers are practising witchcraft on the pupils,” he said.
Mr Mweene said no arrests have so far been made as police are still investigating the matter.
The district commissioner appealed to the pupils to ensure that they maintain law and order and concentrate on their studies.

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