24 July 2012

Zambia: Three Charged in Ruth Murder Case

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Police have said it could be a ritual murder .

POLICE in Lusaka have continued to search for more pinning evidence as they yesterday, charged three suspects in the horrific killing of 19-year-old, Ruth Mbandu with murder.

Law enforcement officers say they will not rush the case to court to make it "water-tight."

Lusaka Province police chief Solomon Jere said in an interview that the evidence so far was raw and that his team was still gathering more details.

Ruth's uncle, George Kalomo, of Kabanana Township, Bishop Evans Ngulube, 48, and his driver, Stanley Munkonji, 31, have been charged with murder.

The murder sequel has continued to raise anxiety among close relatives and the public on unfolding events.

"We have formally charged them for the murder of Ruth Mbandu but as you may be aware, this is not a bondable offence so we are still looking for more evidence before it is taken to court," Dr Jere said.

Munkonji's arrest beamed as a major step in cracking the jigsaw in the cold-blooded killing of Ruth, on July 13, whose body was discovered three houses away from her house in Emmasdale area.

She was buried a week later at Leopards Hill Memorial Park. But police had to exhume her body to collect specimen for a forensic autopsy.

More than K28 million, in cash and pledges, has been raised with Matero Member of Parliament,Miles Sampa staking K15 million as reward for anyone with information that would lead to the arrest of more of Ruth's killers.

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