Police challenge Nevers over ‘political’ ritual killings


INSPECTOR General of Police Kakoma Kanganja has challenged MMD leader Nevers Mumba to provide information on the politicians who are allegedly involved in the ritual killings that have rocked Lusaka for the past one month.

The police chief has charged that Dr Mumba’s statement was alarming to the nation and will not be entertained by the Police Command.

But Dr Mumba has insisted that politicians were involved in the ritual killings that have so far claimed several lives in which the victims had body parts removed. So far, 12 suspects have been arrested to help police with investigations.

Dr Mumba claimed that accusing foreigners of perpetrating the brutal killings was misleading because every election year politicians tended to use ‘‘dark forces’’ as a way of ascending to power. “Every time there is an election, we experience such killings,” he said. Dr Mumba said some politicians used evil forces to ascend to power during elections.

He said the trend was common across the African continent and warned politicians who could have a hand in the ritual killings to desist from the vice.

Dr Mumba said church leaders were aware of what he was talking about.

“Those of us who have been around for a long time, have seen such things happen across Africa towards election period,” he said.

But the police chief has described Dr Mumba’s statement as alarming and intended to incite chaos in the country. “No, no, no. Dr Mumba is alarming the situation,” Mr Kanganja said.

He said the police would obtain and study the recording of Dr Mumba’s statement that politicians were the ones behind the ritual killings.

Mr Kanganja said it were statements like the one Dr Mumba had made which was prompting members of the public to react.

“We did warn the general public against alarming the nation by misleading statements on the ritual killers. We said we would deal with those issuing alarming statements,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Kanganja said more people would be arrested in connection with the ritual killings as investigations had so far reached an advanced stage.

The Police Command would soon issue a statement in connection with the murders that have terrified Lusaka residents.

“As police, we are on top of things. We are doing everything possible to ensure that everybody involved is brought to book,” Mr Kanganja said.

The police chief said more people would be arrested as the police intensified and widened their investigations.

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