A POLICE officer of Kabwe has been murdered and a woman who is believed to have been in his company was left for dead after being raped and maimed at the defunct Kabwe mine.
Central Province commissioner of police Lombe Kamukoshi and Kabwe district officer commanding Kelvin Mwelwa confirmed the death of detective sergeant Joseph Mumba of Kasanda Police Station.
“We can confirm that Sergeant Mumba was brutally murdered. As of today (yesterday), we have leads but it is too early to give a detailed comment,” Ms Kamukoshi said.
She said the murder of Mr Mumba and the attack on the woman may not be linked because the body and the unconscious woman were found in different places.
And Mr Mwelwa informed Central Province minister Davies Chisopa in Chibombo on Saturday that Mr Mumba’s body was found in Nkrumah Extension.
Mr Mwelwa also said some of Mr Mumba’s belongings where found with the woman at the crime scene.
But police sources said they suspect that the criminals allegedly murdered Mr Mumba and bundled the body in the boot of his vehicle before dumping the body in Nkrumah Extension.
The source said preliminary investigations indicate that Mr Mumba was killed around midnight on Saturday and the body was found in Nkrumah Extension between 06:00 hours and 07:00 hours.