KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
RESIDENTS of Chilanga district in Lusaka Province discovered another dead body at the weekend, bringing the number of suspected murder cases to three in less than a month.
The body, which had features of a male aged above 30 years, was found floating in the Longridge Stream.
Brian Mamba discovered the body when he took some clients on a boat ride around 14:00 hours on Saturday.
By press time police were yet to remove the body from the stream.
â€œWhile I was on the boat with my clients, I saw something that looked like a human being. We sailed closer and discovered that it was indeed a human being with flies everywhere,â€ Mr Mamba said.
He said he then called the police.
â€œThe police came around 16:00 hours and they went to take pictures of the body and later left until today,â€ he said.
Yesterday the body was still floating in the stream.
And a resident, Moses Banda, said he was there to confirm whether the body was that of his cousin Joseph Nthobolo who had been missing for five days.
â€œWe reported the matter of my cousin Joseph yesterday and discovered that he had earlier been to Chilanga police to report that he thought some people were after his life,â€ he said.
Chilanga police officer-in-charge who only identified himself as Musamba said they were trying to get a doctor to conduct a post-mortem before they could remove the body from the water to establish the cause of the death,â€ he said.
Lusaka Province commissioner of police Nelson Phiri said the body was in a decomposed state and could therefore not be taken to the mortuary.
Two young women were found dead in Chilanga on February 17 and 22, 2017.
Zambia Police Service spokesperson Esther Katongo has said both murders looked similar because the two young women were dumped in maize fields near their homes.
Cecilia Mulekwa, 16, a grade eleven pupil at City of Hope in Bonaventure, Makeni, and Ann Musonda, 22, a student teacher of Makeni Islamic College of Education were the victims of the murders.
KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka