Eastern Province police commissioner Luckson Sakala confirmed the incident which occurred between 05:00 hours and 08:00 hours.
Sakala said the mother of the girl Zabeta Banda 38 of Mafuta village in chief Mafuta’s area reported the matter to police.
“A murder was reported in Chipata through a cell phone call from Zabeta
Banda aged 38 of Mafuta village, Chief Mafuta also of Kamusambo village Chief Chanje Chipangali district that her daughter Fridah
Mbewe aged seven was murdered by unknown person after being defiled and strangled her using a Chitenge material. She was bleeding from the mouth, nose, right eye and vagina,” Sakala said.
The deceased had been left with her siblings at home by their parents who went to the fields.
She allegedly told her siblings and friends that she was going to join her parents at the fields which was the last time she was seen.
Her body was later discovered a few metres from where she had left her friends who informed the elders.
Police were informed and visited the scene where they found that the deceased had a Chitenge material tied around her neck and had blood coming out of the nose, mouth, right eye and from the vagina.
Sakala stated that police suspected that the deceased could have been murdered as she was being defiled.
The dead body was picked and deposited at Chipata Central Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem and no arrest has made while investigations have been launched in the matter.