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Ritual Burial Causes Commotion In Mpongwe

There was commotion in Mpongwe District on the Copperbelt Province when two families dumped corpses of their beloved ones at households of persons suspected of having bewitched the deceased.

The irate members of the community suspected that Lloyd Mutinta’s death was not natural but that he was bewitched by a person only identified as Ngolobola of the same area.

The family members exhumed the body of their beloved one and dumped at the house of Ngolobola who they suspected of practicing witchcraft.

Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga confirmed the development and added that a similar incident happened in the same area involving a Sentiya Mutabi aged between 18 and 25 years of St. Anthony area in Mpongwe who died and suspected of having been bewitched.

She said Douglas Ngalande a businessman of Chief Ndubeni area in Mpongwe was accused of having killed Mutabi for business rituals and the body of the deceased was dumped at his grocery store.

Katanga has however warned that police will not condone lawlessness caused by unfounded accusations of witchcraft.

She said her office had received reports of commotion in Mpongwe involving two deceased bodies who were alleged to have been bewitched.

Katanga has warned that police will not condone such behavior by members of the public or any ritual burial commonly known as ‘Bwela Bwela’ as it amounts to criminal trespass with intent to annoy as stipulated in the penal code of the laws of Zambia.

She has since urged traditional leaders in Mpongwe to sensitize their subjects on the law and what it states in relation to accusations of witchcraft.

Katanga further stated that police are monitoring the situation in the area and that no arrests have been made concerning the two incidents.

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