PETER SICHALI writes
POLICE in Mpika District have arrested four people in connection with a spate of ritual killings in Mpika.
Muchinga Province Police Commissioner, Joel Njase, told The Sun Newspaper in an exclusive interview that police have intensified investigations into ritual killings cases in the area and have since arrested four suspects.
Mr Njase said police have four suspects linked to Mpika ritual killing and are still looking for three more.
“On Mpika ritual killing, we have four suspects in custody and investigations have continued. We are looking for three more suspects linked to the Mpika ritual killings,” he said.
Mr Njase said, “We have withheld details of those arrested since we are looking for the other three remaining suspects.”
Mr Njase said police are also investigating suspected cases of ritual killing in Chama, Isoka and Mafinga districts.
‘‘For Chama, police are following up the matter and we strongly believe these killings are connected to ritual killing in Mafinga and Isoka District,” he said.
Mr Njase stated, “We have received information that the suspects are using charms and we are slowly closing in.”
He disclosed that police in Isoka yesterday seized charms and a motorbike belonging to a witch finder believed to be linked to the ritual killings.
‘‘Police is unearthing these criminals and yesterday we missed one witch finder but we managed to get his charms and motorbike in Isoka.’’Mr Njase said.
Muchinga Province has for the past few weeks experienced a spate of rituals killings.