A KASAMA man has committed suicide after he murdered his 38-year-old pregnant wife on suspicion that she was impregnated by another man.
And a 68-year-old Luwingu village headman of Chimpembya village in chief Tungati’s area was on Thursday hanged and beaten to death by his nephew and grandson on suspicion that he was practicing witchcraft.
Meanwhile, a six-year-old girl identified as Memory Chanda died on the spot along the Mungwi-Kasama road after the vehicle she was in was involved in a road accident.
Confirming the incidences, on behalf of Northern Province police commissioner Charity Katanga, Kennedy Nkuwa, who is Northern Province divisional criminal investigations officer, said Chrispin Chanda, 42, of Binda village committed suicide after murdering his pregnant wife.
“On April 19, Chisenga Kingford, 44, reported that Grace Mpalya was murdered by her husband between 08:00 and 12:00 hours in a maize field. Police visited the crime scene and discovered that a sharp instrument was used in the act. It is reported that Chanda suspected that his wife was impregnated by another man.
Chanda, who was in hiding at the time the police visited the crime scene, was later found dead near Mumbimfumu graveyard,” Nkuwa said.
On the murder of a headman identified as Samuel Chilufya, Nkuwa said the report to the police was made by Susan Malama who is the deceased wife.
“She reported that her husband, who is the headman of Chimpembya village, was murdered by Chipashya Musango, his nephew and Sweden Chipashya, his grandson, on Wednesday last week around 14:00 hours. It is alleged that Sweden, who is sick went to a witchfinder who indicated that his sickness was being caused by his uncle.
The duo descended on the old man, hanged him to a tree and beat him to death. They are on the run and police have launched a man hunt,” he said.
Nkuwa said the Mungwi-Kasama road accident happened on Easter Sunday involving an Alteza motor vehicle registration number ALM 511 being driven by Kenneth Chileshe of New Chilenje in Lusaka.
He said the other passengers, Osward Chanda, 9, and Cleopatra Chanda, 27, the mother to the two children, has been admitted to Kasama General Hospital with body bruises.