Lusaka police find 5 bodies

POLICE in Lusaka have found five people murdered in an unfinished building in Lusaka’s Chalala area, with some of the bodies beheaded.

The bodies, some in a decomposed state, were discovered yesterday and two women have been apprehended in connection with the gruesome murder.

Police deputy police spokesperson Esther Katongo told the Daily Nation in a statement that it was believed that the deceased were murdered by the caretaker’s wife who was found in the same building with her colleague whom she had invited to go and stay with her.

Ms Katongo said the caretaker was among the dead together with a baby, two female juveniles and another adult person.

“Bodies will be picked from the building after postmortem as they were found in a decomposed state, some of them beheaded.

“This came to light after members of the public reported the matter to police. Surprisingly the two women were found in the same structure where the bodies were,” she said.

Ms Katongo said the bodies had not yet been identified while the two women were in police custody.

She said postmortems were due to be conducted on the bodies yesterday before they were removed from the premises.

“Officers are still on the ground to gather full details concerning the incident,” she said.

Meanwhile, police have rubbished a report circulating on social media under the headline “PF cadre cuts woman’s hand in Muchinga for supporting UPND”, saying it was not true.  She said the story was misleading because the incident happened in Nigeria’s Abia state and not in Zambia. All the Zambian names in the story were fake.

Ms Katongo said the story was just a propaganda gimmick aimed at putting Zambia in bad light. She urged people to dismiss the report as it was a fabrication.

“We call upon members of the public to desist from circulating falsehoods and always stick to the truth as such type of reporting had the potential to cause alarm among members of the public.

“As for those campaigning, stick to clean and factual campaigns as opposed to propaganda,” Ms Katongo said.