Coffin assaults two elders in Solwezi District

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Two elderly men aged between 70 and 76 years of senior chief
Mujimanzovu’s area in Solwezi district have been assaulted by a
moving coffin locally known as ‘Chikondo’ on suspicion of
practicing witchcraft.

 The coffin carried by pall bearers for burial allegedly
diverted direction towards the duo ‘s place  and made the
mourners led by the pall bearers to assault them.

 ZANIS reports that Northwestern province commissioner of
police, Auxensio Daka has confirmed the incident in Solwezi
today and identified the assaulted as Richard Salimu 76 and
Oswald Chakaba about  70 years.

 Mr. Daka says the duo were assumed to be behind the death
of Patrick Salimu, 42, who died after he  drowned in
Mushingami stream in Kabunene area.

 He said the duo sustained multiple deep cuts on the
heads, painful ribs, backaches, and injuries on the legs. 

He said Chakaba is admitted to St Dorothy rural health center
saying his condition is critical.

 Mr Daka said the pall bearers only identified as Tito,
Mukwenda, Malama, Richard, Francis Nshimbi and Stanley Mulonga
are currently on the run and a manhunt has been launched.

 The provincial police chief has warned members of the
public to desist from practicing ‘ chikondo ‘ as it was  a
crime and whoever will be found assaulting another person on
allegation of practicing witchcraft will be arrested and
charged accordingly.

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