ZAMBIA: RITUALS/ZNBC/1/3/18 SABANews 1
LUSAKA – Police in ZAMBIA have seized an undisclosed amount of cooked human hearts and livers, as well as other uncooked body parts, during investigations into ritual killings in the country.
Home Affairs Minister STEPHEN KAMPYONGO says the team has managed to carry out the job while working with ONE person suspected to be the mastermind.
He has told the National Assembly in the capital, LUSAKA, the authorities have since submitted the recovered parts to the forensic laboratory for professional examination.
Minister KAMPYONGO says they suspect some neighbours of the accused person are likely to have eaten the human flesh without knowing.
He says the investigations are still ongoing and the suspect is scheduled to appear in court soon, while the police have intensified security measures to curb the spate of ritual murders.
Minister KAMPYONGO says such killings are a result of false beliefs promoted by some traditional herbalists who claim use of human meat can help people accumulate wealth.
He has called on communities to help bring the culprits to book, although members of the public should avoid taking the law into their own hands.
The ZAMBIAN Cabinet member says his country has recorded SEVEN suspected ritual killings of men between the age of 25 and 40 since 21 OCTOBER last year.
Researchers say ritual killings and human sacrifice take place in almost all AFRICAN countries, with cases reported in BOTSWANA, LESOTHO, SOUTH AFRICA, SWAZILAND, ZAMBIA and ZIMBABWE.
They say ZAMBIA has recorded cases in which human heads were found in ASIAN-owned shops, while some politicians in SWAZILAND allegedly commission ritual killings so they can win elections.
The numbers of ritual murders is quite scary, as the bodies of victims are mutilated and certain parts go missing; and in SOUTH AFRICA body parts can be sold for as little as THREE-THOUSAND rand (about 230 US dollars)./Sabanews/cam