Ritual killers must hang

FAMILY members of those murdered during the recent spate of suspected ritual killings in Lusaka have vowed not to rest until the truth is established over who was behind the scourge.

They have demanded for justice over the deaths of their relatives who were apparently kidnapped, brutally killed and body parts removed, saying the full force of the law must be applied.

This follows Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja’s confirmation that the suspects in the killing would  be taken to court next week.

Borniface Chipoya, uncle of William Chipoya who was among those gruesomely murdered by suspected ritual killers two weeks ago, told the Daily Nation yesterday that he will never miss a single court session for the suspects because he wanted answers to questions that flooded his mind after the demise of his nephew.

Mr. Chipoya said the family had been devastated by the death of his nephew and the only way that the pain would ease was to have his assailants jailed because the atrocities they had committed had not only affected the family but the nation at large.

He said the killings and the subsequent riots and looting of shops owned by foreign nationals painted a bad picture about Zambia, a country that was regarded as a beacon of peace and a haven of rest for refugees from other countries.

“I want to thank you the Daily Nation because I did not even know that the suspects will go to court next week. I will attend all court sessions because I really want to know what transpired in these killings so that I have an idea on how my nephew was murdered.

‘‘Above all, all of us whose relatives were killed are asking for one thing: justice must prevail because we believe that is the only way this issue will be put to rest.

“We don’t want any innocent person to suffer unnecessarily, but we also don’t want any criminal to go scot-free because our hearts are heavy. Our relatives died in circumstances we cannot understand and all we ask the courts is: Can the due process of law take its course,” Mr. Chipoya said.

And Mr Zechariah Sikapizye, brother-in-law of Amon Sichamba who fell prey to the killers in a similar fashion, said family members will fight to the end to ensure that their relative’s assailants did not go unpunished. Mr. Sikapizye said there were more questions than answers as to what transpired to his brother-in-law, adding that the family was expecting a fair trial and a befitting punishment to the criminals to act as a deterrent to other people who  could still have plans of killing more people.

“I have just come from the police to make my statement over the death of my brother-in-law and as a family, we are expecting nothing less. Justice must prevail over this matter and we have faith in the courts that they will hear our cry and conclude this case without partiality. “These killings have left devastating effects on us, the family members of the people who have been killed as well as the country at large.

‘‘So, the only thing we are asking for is for the law to take its course and I will ensure that I attend all the sessions until the end so that at least I can have an understanding of how our relatives were slain,” Mr. Sikapizye said.

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