For over a month, Lusaka residents specifically in Zingalume’s George area were time and again waking up to the rude shock of a person found dead with their private parts, ears, eyes and in most cases the heart removed.
These killings which were crowned as suspected “ritual killings” steadily continued to send shivers to people in the capital city and even raised concern across the country.
Moreover, these suspected killings continued occurring despite the Zambia Police camping in the most affected area.
However, we (as The Zambian Voice) had difficulties in branding these mysterious killings as ritual killings because there was no clear evidence which showed that the parts which were being removed from the victims were really used for rituals.
Like many citizens, we were very worried and we developed a particular interest, seeing the many innocent people that were being killed and the fact that not much information was coming from the Police.
Fortunately we have learnt that a number of people have been arrested and the mystery is being uncovered. The people who have been arrested have given the police credible leads and it is pointing to ritual killings as many people suspected.
Our sources have disclosed to us that the alleged killers were selling the body parts to some people who were coming into the country in a Set, thus, the Heart, the Private parts, Ears and Eyes at K100,000.
The killing of the victims and the removal of the same body parts was not just done anyhow. It had to be done when a person was still alive but unconscious. Therefore, the ritual killers would for example, hit a targeted person on the head just to make the person unconscious and then, they would quickly remove the desired body parts.
Apparently, these buyers of the body parts wanted the body parts from a person who was semi-alive, otherwise if it was from somebody dead they would even have used mortuary attendants to supply them with these body parts in excess.
How the buyers of these body parts were able to tell whether the victim was dead or alive by the time the killers were removing the body parts, remains unclear.
Furthermore, an analysis on the bodies that were picked, our sources confirmed that the bodies were not axed or shot but there were almost intact apart from the body parts that were being removed. Indeed, it was a clean Job!
In fact one of the suspects arrested is a trained clinical officer.
But so far the police have done well in their investigations because a number of people have been arrested.
Nonetheless, what is interesting about all these arrests is that, the people that were actually killing are not the ordinary criminals that one would suspect. The killers were people from within the communities who were actually Zambians and some of them working in well-established institutions that one would never even suspect.
One of the house visited of the suspected ritual killer, the neighbors think that he has travelled somewhere and yet he is in Police custody as investigations are underway.
The investigations are being conducted at a very high level and this is why the police are quiet. However, what must be commended is that so far a number of people have been arrested and we are confident that peace will fully be restored in the country.
A number of measures have been put in place to check the foreigners coming in the Country. However, the public need to be alert and take all precaution. It is advisable for people not to move alone at night. Citizens should also report all suspected strange people in their communities so as a precaution
By Zambian Voice