24 January 2013

Zambia: Reverend Narrates How He Was Offered to Buy Two Children

THREE members of Light Community Church including a reverend have narrated before the Kabwe High Court that their church was approached by two men who were offering two children for sale.

This is in a case in which Johns Chiinga, 46, his son Nickson Chiinga, 29, and Notson Chiinga, 20, a nephew are facing four counts of conspiracy to murder.

The three are alleged to have conspired to murder Johns Chiinga Jr, Masiku Phiri, Yvonne Chitentabunga and Belinda Chiinga on June 13, last year.

Reverend Bostod Daniel Mwebela, 57, told Justice Eddie Sikazwe that two men from Kapiri Mposhi approached his church and offered two children for sale at more than K100 million.

During continued trial, he recalled the day when he was told that there were two men who were selling two children, one at K71 million and another at K60 million.

Rev Mwebela later informed police officers at Kasanda police station who interviewed Nickson and Notson, the two men said they had been sent by their father.

The two said it was poverty that had prompted them to think of selling the children.

He told the court that to catch the father of the offenders, police pretended that they had found the buyer of the children and drove to Chipepo village where he was.

But when asked in cross-examination why the two men chose his church, Rev Mwebela said it was because the place was always busy with a number of motor vehicles parked outside especially during weekly services and this had made some people to conclude that it was a church for Satanist.

Another witness, Geoffrey Kanongovera, a church member testified after the accused persons told him about their intentions to sell the children, he concluded that they wanted to sacrifice them.

Captain Kanongovera also wondered why the accused picked on his church.

A church elder Doreen Chola testified that she saw Notson and Nickson at church.

Ms Chola said the two said they had been sent by their father to sell the children belonging to their brothers and sisters because of poverty and that they believed that Light Community Church was a satanist church.

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