Zambia: Edith Nawakwi's Daughter Slain

FORUM for Democracy and Development (FDD) leader Edith Nawakwi's daughter Hatambu Hambulo has been gruesomely murdered and her body dumped in a manhole at her residence in Lusaka.

Two suspects have since been apprehended including a garden worker aged 22. The body of the late Hambulo, who was 26, was found with cuts on her thighs while her hands were tied with a rope.

Firefighters and police officers rushed to the scene to retrieve the body in the normally quiet Ibex Hill.

Ms Hambulo was a marketing officer at the Food Reserve Agency.

Lusaka Province police chief Joyce Kasosa confirmed in an interview that Hatambu was attacked in the early hours of Tuesday and her body left in manhole with her legs protruding.

"The victim was heard screaming for help by the neighbours but no one came to her rescue. When she did not report for work on Tuesday, her employers inquired from her parents, and when they checked at her home, she was found murdered," Ms Kasosa said.

Lusaka has recorded increased murder cases which include that of Ruth Mbandu who was killed and her body parts removed in Emmasdale.

Mathew Chipili, a taxi driver, was killed last month and his body parts removed before he was dumped in Roma, while another taxi driver, Joseph Simfukwe, is another victim whose head was chopped off.

Police sources told the Times that Ms Hambulo's assailants stole her Honda Civic but it overturned near Salama Farms in Ibex Hill.

"One of the suspects who is in in custody was arrested for a traffic offence and it was after interrogations that he was asked to phone the owner of the car and he called Ms Nawakwi, who went to her daughter's house and found that she had been murdered," the source said.

Meanwhile Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani has expressed sadness over the death and pledged renewed vigour to stop the rampart killings.

Ms Libongani said it was saddening that most of the murders were involving youths, both as victims and suspects.

"Human life is sacred and shall remain so and as Zambia Police Service we shall endeavour to protect each and every life as provided for by the Laws of Zambia," she said.

Family spokesperson, Chris Hambote said the family had received the death with shock.

"The death was cruel it was an unprecedented brutal killing that the family has been left in absolute shock. We wonder how a fellow human being could kill another in such a manner," Mr Hambote said.

Meanwhile, the United Party for National Development (UPND) and the National Restoration Party (NAREP) have sent messages of condolences to the family of the deceased.

NAREP leader Elias Chipimo, who was found at the funeral house number 55 Lwato Road in Roma, said the death of Ms Hambulo was not only shocking to Ms Nawakwi's family but also to the nation.

UPND deputy spokesperson, Cornelius Mweetwa appealed to the police to thoroughly investigate the murder.

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