NIPA student’ s eyes poked out in suspected ritual killing

Ruth was found dead

NIPA student, Ruth Mbangu, has been murdered in unclear circumstances.
The naked body of the 19-year-old was discovered dumped near her home in Emmasdale, Lusaka, with eyes poked out and the skin of her face peeled off.
According to the deceased’s mother Victoria Mbangu, a widow, Ruth, a second-year human resource student at the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA), left home on Friday to visit her Uncle in Kabanana township.
“Around 18:30 hours I got a call from my daughter who said she was on the bus at Odys (filling station) on her way home. She said she would be home soon. That was the last I heard from her,” she said in between sobs.
Ms Mbangu said when she arrived home around 21:30 hours, she discovered that Ruth had not arrived.
She said she tried calling Ruth’s uncle to find out if she was still at his home but failed to get through his mobile phone due to a network problem.
Upon noticing that Ruth had not returned home, Ms Mbangu concluded that her daughter had decided to spend a night at her uncle’s place.
The grief-stricken mother said yesterday morning a neighbour went to her home and asked if Ruth had slept there.
“When I said she didn’t, the boy said there’s a body dumped three houses away from here. It’s Ruth’s, go and see it,” he said.
To her shock, she found the body was that of Ruth.
The eldest in her family, Ruth was due to complete her studies next year.
“I remember her saying to me, mummy, don’t worry, life will be okay. I’ll take care of you and my siblings. She was responsible and committed to God. My daughter always reminded me to attend home fellowship. Who will now encourage me without her?” she cried.
Neighbours gathered in their numbers to comfort Ms Mbangu and to express their condolences.
And her Uncle George Kalomo, who was the last person to see Ruth, said she had gone to visit him as she usually did.
Mr Kalomo said when Ruth was at his home; she was in high spirits and he never imagined that was the last he was seeing her.
“She left my home at about 18:00 hours though I noticed she didn’t call me to let me know she had arrived home. It was common practice for her to let me know if she had arrived home after visiting me,” he said.
And CHARLES MUSONDA reports that police deputy spokesperson Charity Chanda said police suspect the murder to be ritual.
In a statement released yesterday, Ms Chanda said the body was found at house number 33/11 with the facial skin, eyes and ears removed.
“Police have visited the scene and preliminary investigations show that a hard object might have been used to hit her on the head. We suspect that the murder took place at a different place and the body was just dumped there. There were no signs of a struggle and the amount of blood found at the scene was little,” she said.
Ms Chanda said a pair of flip-flops and underwear were found at the scene and that police have already conducted a postmortem to help with investigations.

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100 Responses to "NIPA student’ s eyes poked out in suspected ritual killing"

  1. mwamba  July 18, 2012 at 16:54

    This is one of the worst deaths I have ever seen in my life !! How can be people soo heartless . The person who killed ruth is definately a person who knows her very well , possibly was even telling her killer\ her movements. Police shud really invesitage her mobile phone that’s if its even found .the uncle is under suspect. Removing someone’s skin and eyes WTf really !!awe sure the devil is at wrk . These are the same ppl who put a bad reputation to our peacful country zambia

  2. Jennie  July 18, 2012 at 16:43

    These people should be caught and shot in public as a deterrent to those with similar motives. Actually the first bullet should deliberately miss the murderer/s to make them shit in their pants and finish them off with a second one. Phycos

  3. THE GREAT PHILSOPHER  July 18, 2012 at 13:49

    FORENSIC INVESTIGATIONS PROCEDURE
    1.POLICE SHOULD TRACE ALL PHONE TRANSACTIONS AND SMS OF THE MURDERED GIRL,THE UNCLE,THE MOTHER AND ALL KNOWN MALE FRIENDS AND FEMALE FRIENDS FROM ALL THE THREE NETWORKS MTN,CELLZ AND AIRTEL.
    2.WATCH ANY RECORDED VIDEO SURVEILLANCE AT ODYS IF AT ALL THEY HAVE
    3.FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE STAYING AT THE UNCLES PLACE
    4.FIND OUT ABOUT ALL THE PEOPLE STAYING AT THE DECEASED HOME
    5.INTERVIEW HER FEMALE FRIENDS BOTH AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME WITH A VIEW OF
    LEARNING ABOUT MALE FRIENDS SHE WAS INVOLVED WITH…EG ..WAS SHE DATING A MARRIED MAN…….
    6.WHO CALLED HER LAST..
    7.WHOM DID SHE CALL LAST…
    8.ANY KNOWN PREVIOUS CONFRONTATION WITH ANY ONE FOR ANY REASON
    9.IF SHE WAS DATING A MARRIED MAN OR MEN..THEN THEIR WIVES SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED
    10.POLICE SHOULD OFFER A REWARD OF ABOUT K100 MILLION KWACHA….TO ANY ONE WITH ANY INFO LINKED TO THE SAME…PRIVATE COMPANIES CAN SPONSOR THIS CASH

    THE MOST OBVIOUS QUESTION IS WHY DID THE MURDERER DECIDE TO DUMP THE BODY NEAR HER HOME…..ITS MOST LIKELY THAT THE KILLERS KNEW WHERE SHE WAS LIVING…MEANING THAT THE DECEASED KNEW THE KILLERS..SINCE NO ONE HEARD ANY SCREAMING IT MEANS THE POOR LADY WAS MURDERED FROM A DIFFERENT LOCATION MOST LIKELY WITHIN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD…WAS SHE DRUGGED…..THE KILLERS REMOVED THE EYES HAVING IN MIND THE MYTH THAT EYES CAN STORE AN IMAGE OF THE ASSAILANT…THIS IS NOT A RITUAL THING THIS IS A HORRIBLE CRIME..AND THE KILLERS MUST BE BROUGHT TO BOOK.

  4. Heavy  July 18, 2012 at 01:54

    Satanists follow a strict symbolism in which 3 is a common factor. The mark of the beast 666 is divisible by 3. 33 is the highest level of the masonic cullt. The satanic pyramid symbol with the satanic all seeing eye at the back of the one u.s dollar bill has 13 levels. Jesus Christ was crucified by the devils influence at the age of 33 with two others making the total number 3 crucifixions, michael jackson died on 25/6/2009 thats 2-5=3 and 6/2=3 2009 has 3 as a common factor. The mass sacrifice in the bin ladin attacks was on 9/11/2001 9/3=3 and 11×3=33 2001(2+1=3) now somebody tell me is it by some coincidence that ruth was (id like to believe) ritualistically murdered on friday the 13th (a well known evil day of bad luck) and dumped at house number 33/11? It was carefully planned and from the images floating around the internet it shows that there was little blood on the body and around the scene.that shows that whoever did what he or she did , knew what he was doing coz the skin was neatly removed and blood must have been drained first. I have a feeling somebody is going to get caught. Light always overpowers the darkness and exposes the evil.

  5. Kendolar  July 16, 2012 at 20:56

    Why God?

  6. machinjili samuel  July 16, 2012 at 15:17

    i think its high time our Zambia Police rose to the
    challenge and brought the culprits to book.lets see those investigative
    techniques,mother,uncle must be interrogated at length.SAM 16 JULY 2012

  7. Dedani K.  July 16, 2012 at 14:01

    The murderer could be living in the neighbourhood. Police should conduct a search of all homes in the area. They could have snatched that girl as she walked from bus station to home.

  8. Zeli  July 16, 2012 at 13:41

    this is seriously bad news,bt police make sure the killer is brought to book,wether uncle or who ever,
    R.I.P My sister.

  9. agatha chinyimba  July 16, 2012 at 13:20

    to the mother to ruth am sorry about what has happened only God will knows

  10. themegamind  July 16, 2012 at 13:05

    We are praying for you bustard!!Your time is coming soon.

  11. dude  July 16, 2012 at 12:51

    its not a ritual murder but a crime of passion. The ritual staff is just a cover up.

  12. SICK DOC  July 16, 2012 at 12:49

    God bless Zambia. We witnessing a lot of bizarre deaths.

  13. janet  July 16, 2012 at 12:45

    the mother should be interogated and closely monitored. she is definatly involved in this. may she never rest till the killer is arrested.

  14. Situational Analyst  July 16, 2012 at 12:30

    The murderers [or I may call them the death row In-mates] of NIPA student, Ruth Mbangu should be arrested and be charged with first degree murder case.
    After watching several episodes of Medical detectives on DSTV I think our Police can copy and apply some of technologies, forensics and tracking methods used.
     Make sure all her class mates, close friends and church mates to be interviewed.
     Tracing her movements after the last call with her mother.
     Talking to the people at ODDy’s filling stations or bus station.
     Found out about her fiancée or boyfriend or secrete admirers from NIPA, in street and at home.
     Airtel, MTN and ZAMTEL should be mobilized in tracing all in and out-going calls.
     DNA testing using Prof Nkanza laboratories, finger printing engineering from her clothing, scars and finger nails.
     Now the problem is if it is a ritual murder then since these people have a high profile statue in our society it will be very different for police as they will be getting interferences from their superiors that is when we have to pray our Almighty God.
     Some ritual murderers are campaigning for abolishment of Capital punishment they appear on TV ,talk on radio and write in print media ; we need to stand firm hang those monkeys
    To the family: Words cannot express how sorry we are at this hard time you are going through.

  15. Mercy  July 16, 2012 at 12:25

    This is the work of Amon Jere. They now want to bewitch management at ZAMTEL so they now resorting to rituals. It’s so sad indeed. MHSRIP

  16. Kaya  July 16, 2012 at 12:07

    This is what Ruth’s mother said on Radio Pheonix 13hrs news yesterday “Ruth called me around 18 30 and told me that she was at Odys on her way home, and then the line got cut. But I couldnt call her back because I was rushing to chilanga where a friend of mine was in an accident. I go back home around 21 30 but did not have talk time to call. Then in the morning someone came to ask if Ruth had slept home and I said “no” and they said there was a body of a young woman like Ruth.” Now, unless Ruth was a chilale-lale who never used to sleep home otherwise her mother ought to have been very worried coming home and not finding her daughter home at 21 30; not bayenda na muku gona but mwana siana fike pa nyumba. Was she the step mother?

  17. Sansamukeni  July 16, 2012 at 11:56

    The first suspect for me is the uncle, the time he claims she left his place and the time the mother called and she indicated she was on bus at Oddys does not tally, it is also strange that he never took an initiative to ocnfirm the girl arrived home, especially that he claims it is her tendency to confirm her arrival home with hoim whenever she visited.

    Did he say he was coming back from the funeral of a fellow Pastor?? who initiated this visit, did the girl visit on her own accord or she was invited, how far did her auntie escort her??? Why did the uncle not call to confirm arrival? The fact that her body was dumped close to home means it is someone who knows her, uncle, boy friends, probably the mother as well!!

    Sorry, but when a next of kin dissappears like that, anyone close is a suspect, bo friend, I doubt why he would remove eyes and skin, it must be some guy iwth rituals about church goer or indeed get rich quick rituals!!!

    MHSRIP

  18. conny  July 16, 2012 at 11:54

    Please pump the uncle with a lot of questions.How come the body was dumped near her house?Uncle should be suspect number1.Sad indeed.

  19. rachael  July 16, 2012 at 11:49

    This is not a ritual killing.This is a crime of passion,hence the mutilation of the face.This lady was killed by someone who knows her very well,hence the pocking out of her eyes.The killer/killers thought by removing her eyes it would be impossible for the police to identify them.The pipo close to her must be questioned properly(Uncle,Mother,Boyfreind(current/Old),Boy who reported,manfriends spouces etc).This case should not be difficult for our police if they are proffessionals!You dont need rocket science to solve this case!

  20. Big Bang  July 16, 2012 at 11:48

    I can see that vuluable contributions are coming from the bloggers-unfortunately most of them are in the diaspora.Zambia police need to drastically improve their investigative capacity- taking advantage of technology. I earlier proposed establishment of a DNA criminal lab. They should also have an online hotline where people that may have evidence of any crime can contact them to give them tips.Of course there will be thousands of pieces of information, but they will at times get helpful tips. From what is reported this murder took place relatively early, surely someone in the vicity or a passerby may have heared or seen something strange.

  21. EM  July 16, 2012 at 11:34

    Its so sad this gal lives in my neighbourhood,This is evil and only God knows what really happend.Lets pray for the spirit of discerment so that investigators of this crime are able curb perpetrators of this crime.My condolences to the family.

  22. mkv  July 16, 2012 at 11:30

    Y shud she die in this way?May GOD delivery this Nation,,,What hv we do 2 derve this?

  23. lindy-d  July 16, 2012 at 11:23

    At every crime scene there is owz physical evidence left, th police shud luk around th crime scene intencevly im sure u wil find somthing dat wil lead to th killer.her 4n oso is another important source to wrk wit, th netwrk provider 4 wat ever netwrk she ws usin n print out her last calls.lastly no one shud be left out as suspect, y did th mother go to th neighbours house to ask, if she suspected dat ruth spent a night at th uncle’s place n y dint she consistedly co her number.pliz pipo of zambia this is very sad n lets help wit investigation n bring justice to book th killer is ther nt very far.hav mercy on us GOD n pliz interven in ths case which is agrieved by many.MHSRIP

  24. MMC!!!  July 16, 2012 at 11:16

    THE UNCLE & MOTHER TOO NEEDS TO BE PUMPED WITH SERIOUS QUESTIONS.
    THE MOTHER CALLED UNCLE & PHONE WAS NOT GETTING THROUGH??? UUMMMHHH
    THEN THEY CAN FIND OUT FROM BUS DRIVERS IF AT ALL THEY CAN REMEMBER EVER SEEN HER DROP OR GET IN THE BUS, OR THE BUS SHE WAS IN TIME SHE WAS GOING HOME.

    MHSRIP

  25. kunta kinte  July 16, 2012 at 11:13

    Please bring the murderers to book and publish their names and pictures in the media.They are heartless they should be found quickly as they could kill again.

  26. SlimTee  July 16, 2012 at 10:58

    So sad,may the lord comfort the famly in his glory

  27. Big Bang  July 16, 2012 at 10:57

    @Gesiya iam schocked by your stony heart. It is shocking that some of you religious fundamentalists can sink so low. You seem to be insinuating that this girl had her self to blame for being gruiesomely murdered.If we were to see the video of your life, i have no doubt that you have done worse things that deserve you to be in prison. You need redemption.

  28. SlimTee  July 16, 2012 at 10:52

    So sad,that déal wl nt work,that mudder wl go mad soon

  29. Kankuluwale  July 16, 2012 at 10:42

    The person behind this deserves a slow and painful death. People say the death penalty is inhumane; I guess the same people are happy with such a killing? I as a tax payer should fund some killers existence in jail? Kill the bastard the day he’s caught. He does not value other peoples lives and therefore his own should be dealt with in the same manner.

  30. FTJ  July 16, 2012 at 10:38

    Sad maningi

  31. erika  July 16, 2012 at 10:36

    This departed girl could never have been involved with a married man it was just unfortunate that things happened the way they did she was a God fearing girl, let us learn not to run into wrong conclusions for things that we know not about vengiance is the Lord’s whoever is behind this God will surely deal with them.the battle is the Lord’s.

  32. Robert  July 16, 2012 at 10:31

    I’m so shocked to hear that! Poor Ruth rip our hearts are with you and your family. I think this crime is caused by revenge and the police must question all men in her life whether they are general colleagues, friends or boyfriends that’s going to be a good string to find the killer because the killer knows her movements and her house. The only interest I see in this crime is revenge and investigations must take place within the very close persons to her to find out if there’s any problems or fights occurred between her and any person to reach as far as a such ugly crime. I really wish they find the killer which I’m sure they will and punish them in public venue in order people witness it and to be a lesson for those who think of such sick ideas. RIP Ruth.

  33. Fear Not  July 16, 2012 at 10:24

    this is so sad. R.I.P

  34. CHINENA NZUUUUUUU  July 16, 2012 at 10:23

    POLICE! The murderes knew where thr girl lived. That is the first clue. If they did not know how could they dump the body very near to her mom’s home?

  35. Style Phiri  July 16, 2012 at 10:19

    Ruth was dumped near her home.Her mother called her at 18:30 and she tod her that she is on her way home.Her mother arrived home at 21:30.Ruth was visiting her uncle as she always does.

    A lot of stuff does not add up.She was dumped near her house and yet her mother did not see the body

    Where was her mother coming from at 21:30?

    Who pays the bills at home?

    Did the police grab her mother’s phone at the moment to investigate who she has been talking to in recent days?

    Is there any presence of a sex offender in near by areas? Ruth could have been raped and for the murderer to hide evidence chose to kill her

    But the question of ritual or a love triangle stands out clearly here. At least people could have heared scream but this looks like a fast kill.

  36. Hamwaata Hakapayi  July 16, 2012 at 10:06

    The aucle should be investegated as well. What about the issue of devil street that people talked about at the funnel. This is a sad warning to our daughters especially those who are found in the street commonly known as devil street. Be carful.

  37. mwendalubi chiboola  July 16, 2012 at 10:04

    MHSRIEP,God will see the family through

  38. kayula  July 16, 2012 at 10:02

    Why would a normal person do this to an innocent student? God will punish this bastard!!

  39. hoha  July 16, 2012 at 09:59

    what a sad happening to ms mbangu to lose a potential child like that, let police and other security wings help in stopping killings in zambia, barely a day pass without news of human caused death such as GVB and road accidents, is this human caused death related to Zambia’s being a christian state such that the devil want to prove it otherwise. let the so called christian continue praying to defeat this devil. Zambia has lost valuable lives just like that. Let the Govt strengthen some small laws to protect many lives and it (Govt) should seen to care otherwise all of us one shall one day be brutally murdered by our fellow human beings.

  40. Kenneth  July 16, 2012 at 09:44

    Pathetic ………………Sometimes we may be tempted to think within. Rituals muderers are usually relatives. May God punish such ruthless people

  41. pretty  July 16, 2012 at 09:37

    MHSRIEP,its so sad to learn dat pipo can rly b this heartless,surely sum 1 omst graduating!nwayz this must be a family thng,they must be a wizzad in this family,jst pray hard mama n God wil review the whole act to u.

  42. sorry mum  July 16, 2012 at 09:35

    I cannot believe such kind of blutarity, I suspect the person who killed her is someone who knows where the girl lived and her movements, why bring the body near her home, the removal of facial skin and eyes is just trying to make things look like ritual marder,but what suprises me is that why bring her body near her home, this is where I feel it is someone who knows this girl, the police should try to find out from her best friends if there is someone she was seing and disappointed him with some other guy or cud be the girl friend or wife of someone she was seing who organised people to do the job for her. Here I want to rule out ritual killing because if it was ritual the assailant would not have known where this girl lives he would have tried by all means to hide the body or dump it in some far place than bring it near her mothers place. This seems to be something to do with sanje or some hatred some where.

  43. twachula  July 16, 2012 at 09:32

    2 timothy 3:1 …..know that last days hard to deal with will be here

  44. mary  July 16, 2012 at 09:29

    MHSRIP

  45. chuma  July 16, 2012 at 09:21

    Very sad indeed.Let God’s will prevail.Seek prophecy. Have doubt about the uncle. wz not answering calls then this. i suspect sumthing bwtween them.sum satanism somewere here.police investigate futher. what rituals eyes removed no more to it.

  46. vince  July 16, 2012 at 09:12

    God help as and the family

  47. babe  July 16, 2012 at 09:08

    It’s rily sad mwandini,bt the mother be investigated coz her 19;30 story is very suspicious and definitely her killing was done by someone who knew her.if not the mother or uncle let the neighbours be questioned esp that boy who told the mother where Ruth’s was.if it wasn’t ritual killing,then she was seeing a married man,if her friends know that man let the wife be questioned.

  48. Loose Canon  July 16, 2012 at 09:03

    Chase all the witch doctors in zambia. they are the ones telling people to do all sorts of things like this. get a promotion, get a wife/husband fast, get rich quick etc are all suspicious stuff.

  49. wawa  July 16, 2012 at 09:02

    MHSRIP,to the first family we are with you in God,To NIPA student i say my deeply condolences to you all and to NIPA lecturers lets help the student accept that and get united during this moment may you get committed and attend to the funerals proceedings.To you mum,i will ask God to make you accept that i know its not easy but we are with you in PRAYERS

  50. NSHAKESEKO KU ZAMBIA  July 16, 2012 at 08:59

    People can be so heartless

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