The body of the boy was found a few meters away from the grave with some body parts, among them toes, missing.
Some residents in the area narrated that the body was found along the road leading to Nakayombo Cemetery.
“There was some strange smell around this area. After looking around, we discovered the body and it had been tampered with. Quickly, we informed council workers who moved in. Upon checking the cemetery, a tomb where the body was exhumed was found. The body has since been reburied by the Council and a relative was also in attendance,” a witness said.
Kitwe City Director of Public Health Fredrick Nkonde and Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga both confirmed the development in separate interviews.
Nkonde said the council managed to locate the deceased’s grandmother who was called in to witness the reburial by Council workers.
And Katanga said police have launched a manhunt for people behind the act.
“Garnetone police received a report from members of the public who reported to have found a suspected exhumed dead body of Augustine Mwila, aged 6 years. According to the tomb poster the deceased was born 6th November, 2013 and was buried on 22nd April, 2019,” she stated.
Katanga said the boy’s coffin was found damaged.