TWO elderly people have been axed to death in Eastern Province on suspicion of practicing witchcraft.
Police Public Relations Officer Ms. Elizabeth Kanjela has announced.
Kanjela said that Phanele Lupiya aged 63 of Chakumanika Village in Petauke was axed to death by her nephew Lovemore Mwanza aged 30 of the same village.
‘The victim sustained a deep cut on the leg and died on the spot. On the other hand Chakumanika Mwanza aged 89 was axed to death by his son Lemani Mwanza aged 23 of the above mentioned village. The deceased sustained a deep cut on the head and died on the spot. Both bodies are lying in Petauke District Hospital Mortuary’, she said.
She said both incidents happened on 30th March, 2013 around 05:00 hours at Chakumanika village, Chief Nyampande in Petauke District.
“One suspect Lovemore has been apprehended while the other one Lemani is on the run. We have lunched a manhunt and we request for information that might lead to his arrest from the members of the public.” She said.