21 December 2012

Zambia: Taxi Driver Brutally Murdered

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A TAXI driver in Lusaka has been gruesomely murdered in a suspected ritual killing in which the assailants gouged out an eye, tongue and throat before dumping the body in Roma Township.

Matthew Chipili, who was 20, had his facial skin peeled off, his left eye forked out and his throat cut open.

The assailants went away with Chipili's tongue.

The body was discovered around 06:00 hours yesterday by passersby, who immediately alerted the police of the traumatising murder.

On July 14 this year, Ruth Mbandu, who was a student at the National Institute for Public Administration, was brutally killed and her body parts were removed in a similar fashion.

Mr Chipili, of house number 20/17 Ng'ombe Township, was dumped at an undeveloped plot in Roma while the vehicle he was driving had not been recovered.

His fellow drivers last saw him around 04:00 hours yesterday when two unknown passengers booked his vehicle from a taxi rank in Ng'ombe Township.

Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela, who was found at the University Teaching Hospital brought-in-dead section yesterday, said investigations had been launched into the matter.

"As you have seen for yourselves some parts have been removed; after a postmortem is conducted, we'll know if any other parts are missing as well," she said.

Ms Kanjela said Mr Chipili could have been killed from elsewhere and the body dumped in Roma.

The case of Ruth has a shocking memory, as six people have been arrested in connection with the murder and are already appearing in court in Lusaka.

Two weeks after Ruth's murder, 27-year-old Sharon Tembo of Matero was killed in unclear circumstances as she was heading home from a hair salon.

On August 7 this year, 23-year-old Mazuba Kapembwa of Woodlands was raped before being killed in Chilenje.

Chisamba district has also recorded grisly murders with the latest being on Tuesday when a 57-year-old woman and her two granddaughters were hacked to death before their bodies were set ablaze.

Last month, Sharon Kaseba, 24, of the same area, was hacked to death and torched by unknown people who are still at large.

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