Nchelenge father beats four year old son to death


Police in Nchelenge District in Luapula Province has arrested a 28 year old man for the murder of his four year old biological son. Police in the area have launched a man hunt for three men behind the death of a 35 year old man.

Luapula Province deputy commissioner of police Webby Shula confirmed the development in a telephone interview with ZANIS in the area today.

Mr. Shula said Kennedy Mwape of Chinsamba village in Nshimba chiefdom at Kilwa Island on Mweru Lake was arrested over the weekend for the alleged murder of the four year old boy.

Mr. Shula who identified the deceased as Moses Kabense said the suspect has been charged with murder and that he will appear in court soon.

He explained that a case of assault was reported on May 2, 2015 by the 23 year old Dorcas Bwalya, the mother of the deceased, at Kilwa Police Post indicating that his husband had severely beaten their four year old son.

The Luapula Province deputy police chief said the boy who had his right leg swollen and complained of general body pains was referred to Saint Pauls Mission Hospital where he was admitted.

However, Mr. Shula said the boy could not make it and died on the way Thursday around 22: 00 hours adding that the body is laying at the Saint Pauls’ Mission Hospital mortuary waiting for post mortem.

He disclosed that following the report, police officers at the Nchelenge office moved in on Saturday and arrested Mwape for suspected murder.

And Police in the area have launched a man hunt for three men behind the death of a 35 year old man.

Luapula Provincial deputy chief of police Webby Shula said Fidelis Chomba of Nsemiwe village in Chieftaincy Kanyembo’s area was murdered on Friday around 17:00 hours by three men that are currently on the run.

Mr. Shula said the assailants whose names have been withheld for security reasons accused the victim of stealing seven planks on unknown day and date at Nsemiwe village in Kanyembo chiefdom.

He said a case of murder was reported to the Nchelenge Police Station by Kelvin Mwaba, a member of the Community Crime Prevention Unity (CCPU) at Mantapala on Saturday around 19:34 hours.

However, he said officers’ visit at the scene did not yield any evidence of physical injuries on the victim and that the corpse is at Saint Pauls Mission Hospital mortuary waiting for post mortem while investigations have continued.