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Mob Kills, Buries A Man Accused Of Witchcraft

A seventy-two-year-old man, Muchinga Kabali, was killed in Kabende Village in Chief Kasoma Bangweulu in Samfya, Zambia. Mr. Kabali was killed and buried by a mob that suspected him of practising witchcraft.

Kabende Village

A seventy-two-year-old man, Muchinga Kabali, was accused of witchcraft and killed in Kabende Village in Chief Kasoma Bangweulu in Samfya, Zambia. Mr. Kabali was killed and buried by a mob that suspected him.

Luapula Province Police chief Malcolm Mulenga said that at around 16:00 hours on Sunday, February 24, an angry mob descended on Mr. Kabali with various objects and murdered him. Mr. Mulenga said Mr. Kabali was suspected of changing into a crocodile which was terrorizing and killing people in the area.

He said around 17:00 hours, a 28-year-old, Evans Chibuye of Prisons Township, reported the matter to Samfya Police saying that he had seen a mob attack a man. When police officers rushed to the village, they found the mob had dispersed and the body of Mr. Kabali was already buried by the same mob.

Mr. Mulenga said no arrests have been made and investigations had been launched into the matter.

“I wish to warn the public to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. Those found wanting concerning this matter will be dealt with,” he said.

Mr. Mulenga said police have marked the grave and have informed medical practitioners that they would exhume the body to conduct a postmortem.

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