11 January 2013

Zambia: Four Detained Over Hambulo's Murder

FOUR people wanted in the brutal murder of Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Edith Nawakwi's daughter Hatambu Hambulo are now in police detention, Lusaka Province police chief Joyce Kasosa has said.

The four have been apprehended in a space of 48 hours in Lusaka after their alleged killing of Ms Hambulo on Tuesday but police said investigations were still far from conclusion.

Two suspects, including a garden boy aged 22 were apprehended on Wednesday.

The family of the deceased expressed happiness over the arrests and commended the police on the pace of investigations.

Family spokesperson Chris Hambote, an uncle of the deceased, said the family was pleased that justice would prevail in the matter.

"We are pleased with the pace of the Police in the manner they are handling the investigations and we hope they continue with such dedication so that all the culprits can be brought to book," Mr Hambote said.

Ms Hambulo was dumped in a manhole at her Ibex Hill residence and her body was only retrieved by fire-fighters and Police that rushed to the house.

"We have apprehended two more suspects in the murder of the late Ms Hambulo bringing the total number to four of the suspects but we haven't concluded the investigations. We haven't charged anyone and so we are still on this case until we thoroughly conclude it. Their ages range from 22 to 27," Ms Kasosa said.

The motive behind the murder of Ms Hambulo remains unknown as Police divulged scanty details on the matter.

Police authorities are battling to quell rampaging murder cases in Lusaka and other parts of the country.

Ruth Mbandu who was killed and her body parts removed in Emmasdale and Mathew Chipili, and Joseph Simfukwe, both taxi drivers form part of the list of recent shocking murder victims.

Ms Hambulo had cuts around her thighs, while her hands were tied from the back with a rope around her neck.

The assailants went away with her Honda Civic which was recovered around Salama area by Police.

The first suspect, Ms Hambulo's former garden worker, was found with the vehicle and arrested for driving without a licence but coincidentally this led to the discovery of the dead body and a turn of events as the matter took a sharp turn.

Ms Hambulo who was 26 at the time of her lurid murder worked as a marketing officer at the Food Reserve Agency.

On the fateful day, the victim was heard screaming for help in her yard as she was attacked by the gang but no one arrived to her rescue.

The family of the deceased is preparing her burial scheduled for today at Lusaka's Leopards Hill Memorial Park and would be preceeded by a church service at Miracle Life Church on Zambezi Road in Roma Township at 10:00 hours.

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