THE Mansa family of the 13-year-old boy who was arrested a month ago in connection with the ritual attack in Chief Mwenda’s area, has accused the police of torturing their son to compel him to change his statement.
The boy’s father Henry Chikonde told the Daily Nation that his son only revealed the ordeal when he went to secure his police bond.
Mr Chikonde claimed that the traditional leadership in the area and the criminal investigation department at the police station where the boy was detained was aware about the alleged change of statement by his son.
“My son changed the statement because he was being tortured by the police. The chief and CID department know about the changed statement. He only told us about the torture when we went to push for his police bond,” he said.
And Mr Chikonde revealed that the other three suspects in the matter had escaped from police cells but that the police were pretending not knowing anything about the matter.
He also complained that the police were reluctant to investigate the fire that gutted his house two days before his son could appear in court.
Mr Chikonde said when he went to follow up the matter with the police, he was told the necessary equipment needed in the investigation was not available.
He bemoaned the lack of seriousness on the part of the police despite launching several complaints.
“The police have not launched any investigations into the matter and no arrests have been made. When the matter was reported to the police, they also suspected that it could be the same people our son has issues with behind the act,” he said.
Earlier, Mr Chikonde had complained that his son was a victim of circumstances as he had allegedly only witnessed the attack as it unfolded.