Langwell Mkandawire of Matepe committed suicide after he was forced to undergo a traditional ritual to ascertain whether he was practising witchcraft or not.
Muchinga Commissioner of Police Joel Njase said the “motive behind his death is that the deceased was alleged to be a wizard by a witch doctor who had forced him to drink certain charms. A witch doctor identified as Justin Bwalya, 38, of Chibesakunda Village forced him to drink certain charms after which he allegedly found the deceased to be a wizard,”.
Njase said the deceased is alleged to have been ashamed at the turn of events and decided to end his life by committing suicide by drinking some poisonous substance.
He said that the scene of crime has been visited and family members have since been advised to bury and mark.
Njase said the alleged witch doctor has his colleagues have since been detained in police custody.