Body of an reported missing toddler retrieved from well
Kapiri Mposhi, May 29, ZANIS ——- The body of a two-year-old baby girl who is suspected to have been killed for purposes of ritual practices has been retrieved from a well in Sapato Village in Chief Mukonchi’s area in Kapiri Mposhi district.
And police have recovered a handgun and 26 rounds of ammunition which was stolen from a motorist along the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi last week.
Kapiri Mposhi Police district Officer Commanding, Nyambe Njekwa confirmed the incidents to ZANIS today.
Mr Nyambe said the body which had an irregular hole around it’s annul area and its genitals missing was discovered and retrieved from a well at its parents residence by villagers on Monday.
He said the baby went missing on 22 May, 2013 and police were not notified by its parents.
The body of the baby was discovered by its mother who went to fetch water from the well on Monday who later alerted neighbours who helped in retrieving the body.
Mr Nyambe said the police have since launched an investigation in the matter to find-out why the loss of the child was not reported to police and why the family members proceeded to burying the remains of the baby despite suspicions of foul play since some private parts were missing from body.
“We are tomorrow dispatching officers to the said village to conduct inquiries on the development … I can assure you that we will get to the bottom of this story and the law will take its course if there is any foul play,” Mr Nyambe said.
Only neighbours to the family of the deceased baby reported the matter to police yesterday.
And Police have recovered a pistol and 26 rounds of ammunition which was stolen from a motorist along the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi last week.
Mr Nyambe said police have since arrested four men in connection with the theft of the firearm and rounds of ammunition believed to have been stolen from a Mrs Mary Simubali of Kitwe.
The gun along with the rounds of ammunition was stolen on 19 May 2013 from Mrs Simubali around 19:00 hours near Continental Filling Station along the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi.
Mrs Simubali was travelling to Kitwe from Lusaka when the suspects managed to open the rear door of the moving Toyota Rav 4 vehicle registration number ACD 2351 which she was driving and stole the gun.
Mr. Nyambe said the police succeeded in arresting four named suspects believed to have been involved in the theft of the gun after one of them sold it to unsuspected member of the public at KR 800.
Meanwhile, police have recovered assorted goods stolen from moving vehicles along the Great North Road.
Among the recovered items are nine heavy duty fuel filters belonging to Lumwana Mine in North Western province and nine assorted Chitenge material stolen from Kanchibiya Constituency Member of Parliament Davies Mwango.
The nine pieces are believed to have been among some bales of chitenge materials which were stolen from a moving vehicle driven by Mr Mwango last week.
There have been increased cases of theft of goods in transit along the Great North Road in Kapiri Mposhi because of the bad state of the stretch.