20 December 2012

Zambia: Chisamba Family Butchered

A WOMAN and two of her granddaughters have been hacked to death and set ablaze in Chipembi area in Chisamba District where people are now living in fear.

This comes barely a month after another woman, identified as Sharon Kaseba, had her limbs chopped off and teeth removed before being burnt to ashes in the same area.

Hildah Kapandula, 57, and two children, Lute, aged 10, and two-year-old Chunga Chanda were brutally killed around 04:00 hours at Katalala Village in Chipembi area on Tuesday this week.

Ms Kapandula's third granddaughter survived the killing but sustained severe injuries and was admitted to a hospital for treatment.

Central Province police chief Sandwell Lungu and police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela confirmed the grisly murders.

By press time, the police had not yet established the motive behind the gruesome killing but said no stone would be left unturned as investigations intensified.

Mr Lungu said a postmortem indicated that the three bodies were axed before being set ablaze in the house.

Ms Kanjela said police were working flat out to bring the culprits to book. "It is believed the victims were first beaten before setting them ablaze as they sustained deep cuts on their bodies.

"We shall not leave any stone unturned to ensure the culprits are brought to book," Ms Kanjela said.

Last month in the same area, Sharon was found dead with limbs severed from her charred body.

People in Chisamba are now living in fear as they suspect that the deaths were being perpetrated by a serial killer.

In a related development, police arrested Obert Hamaiwani, 27, of Nkonje Village in Chisamba for allegedly killing Fortune Mumeka, 24.

Ms Kanjela said the two had a dispute which led to a fight and in the process Mr Mumeka was hit with a stick and died on the spot.

Hamaiwani was currently in police custody as investigations continued.

In Eastern Province, an 11-year-old girl drowned in a stream as she was playing with friends.

The deceased was identified as Mailesi Daka and her body was taken to Petauke District Hospital mortuary.

And a four-year-old boy, Kennedy Musamba died on the spot after being hit by a car at Kapoka Village, along the Kasama-Luwingu Road in Kasama.

The accident happened when the driver of an unregistered Toyota Corolla, Sakeni Mwamba hit the boy.

In Central Province, Newman Sibalika, 32, died on the spot after he was hit by a car.

The accident happened at Liteta trading area on the Great North Road.

He was hit by Richard Mwenya, 35, who was driving an Isuzu, registration number ACP 2559.

Mr Mwenya had since been arrested and charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

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