Eight People Arrested For Burning Bethel Church of Zambia

Police in Lusaka have arrested eight people for burning Bethel Church of Zambia in Lusaka’s Chipata Overspill Compound on Sunday night on suspicion that there was a Mermaid in the Church.

The eight have since been charged with arson, proposing violence and assault.

It was reported that the elder at the church, aged 52 and resides at the same church, has a 30-year-old son who has been sick for some time.

“It is alleged that the mother in-law of the Church elder’s son who is sick went with a witch doctor at the house of the Elder…Whilst there, the witch doctor alleged that there was a Mermaid (ilomba) in the Church and that for him to cure the patient, he needed to go inside the Church to perform some rituals. The Church elder refused to allow him  and this infuriated the mother in-law to the patient and the witch doctor, who allegedly incited a mob that had gathered. The mob stoned and set the Church ablaze and also razed down the wallfence to the church,” Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has stated.

When police rushed to the area to contain the situation, an officer was stoned and he sustained a cut on the left cheek.

The Church building had its doors and windows damaged while the plastic chairs and some benches were burnt, and some were stolen.

“Those arrested are Beatrice Manda aged 47 of Chipata Overspill, who is the mother in-law of the patient, Steve Mwanza  aged 29 of  Chazanga, who the witch doctor involved, Jered Banda ,aged 25 of  Chipata Compound, Michael Mwanza aged 35 of Chipata Overspill, Steve Kalusa, aged 35 of  Chazanga Compound, Felix Kasonde, aged 27, of Chipata Compound,  James Bwalya aged 20, of Chipata Compound and Caleb Ndalemeke, aged 45, of Chipata overspill,” Ms Katongo stated.

All the suspects are detained in police custody.

©Zambia Reports 2020.


  1. Herv Rena

    The picture portrays a different story altogether.Now why was the witch doctor not arrested?

  2. Lively Hope

    Is The Sick Person A Member Of The Church?

  3. Curtis

    Chris I equally conquer with Rena, the picture of the theme isn’t matching the issue at stake. What kind of reporting is this? Please Chris could you make things Clear before we comment!

  4. Lively Hope

    Where Was The Witch Doctor In The Scene?

  5. Fredrick muzeya

    Things have changed elders in police uniform

  6. Herv Rena

    No probability the elder is the one in a common jacket..

  7. Jms

    Witch craft is welcomed in this Christianity kind of hypocritic practiced nation,thats why you welcome these so called prophets but magicians. unfortunate why not arresting that witchdoctor?

  8. bombshell

    Mr reporter, where these officers saluting at their seniors or it was parade inspection? i ask cause i cant connect the picture & the article. plse match the story with the right article.It would make sense if u had put the burnt church or the arrested pipo

  9. Jungle unchained

    Senior police officers saluting for the people who burnt down the church,awe sure.toltaly contrary to the subject matter, be serious and real.

  10. magical minds


  11. Mano M'mafupa

    Those arrested are the ones in uniforms or what?

  12. Policeman

    The police men are always showing off!!!

  13. Fox

    Mlase come show your ignorance here.
    Cause your journalists have done it again,This time with a picture which is contrary to the story.

  14. kedrick siame

    Imwe fi so called journalist don’t you have the camera’s for use to capture a real picture, fools in you those officers what for?? This story talks about burnt a church in Zambia mwee kkkkk!!!!!

  15. Davis

    Those arrested are the ones in uniforms???

  16. doubt

    ilomba mu church where are we going.

  17. Prosperous Banda

    Church elder polepole

  18. 50 ?z

    @fox for real tell intelligent mlase to xplain it

  19. Not true

    Were is the witch doctor

  20. Mr:No Idear

    I wish to meet that paster.

  21. Mr:No Idear

    he is so stonken busket.ngumuluya

  22. Samson Lisomona


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