Two brothers on the run after killing their brother suspected witchcraft

POLICE in Isoka are hunting for two men for the murder of their brother.

The two fugitives are alleged to have repeatedly hacked their 51-one-year-old brother to death, with an axe, on suspicion that he was practising witchcraft.

Muchinga Province Police chief Lemmy Kajoba identified the deceased as Sunstone Simbule of Kalungu Village, while the suspects on the run were Joshua Simbule and Kulika Simbule, also of Kalungu Village.

Mr Kajoba said the assailants went to the victim’s home around midnight where they forced their way in by breaking the door with an axe.

Joshua and Kulika hacked their brother in the presence of his wife, Irene Nachiweza.

According to Ms Nachiweza, her brothers-in-law disappeared into a bush after killing their sibling.

Police in Isoka have since picked up a traditional doctor to help with investigations into the same matter.

The ‘doctor’, who is Police custody, is alleged to have told the run-away suspects that their older brother was a wizard.

The body of Mr Simbule is in Isoka District Hospital mortuary awaiting a post-mortem.

Times of Zambia