PETER SICHALI Writes
A 64-year-old village headman of Mafinga district has been killed following a succession dispute, Muchinga province Commissioner of Police Joel Njase has confirmed.
Mr Njase said the incident happened on Sunday around 20:00 hours at Kanyula village in Chief Muyombe’s area.
The relatives and other residents in the village have been advised through the Community Crime Prevention Unity (CCPU) members not to contaminate the scene of crime.
Mr Njase said it was suspected that the succession wrangles could be the source of the death and identified the headman as Stanley Muwowo aged 64.
The assailants were not unknown. But Mr Njase said the headman suffered multiple head injuries and an axe was used.
“The brief facts are that on Sunday between 18:00 hours and 20:00 hours the deceased went on a drinking spree in the village.
“It was further learnt that, prior to him being the village Headman of Kanyula Village, there were succession wrangles among the elderly persons in the village over his position,” he said.
Mr Njase said the headman he was escorted by a known person to his house but he was later found dead in a pool of blood near a make-shift Store, a few metres from his house.
He said no arrest had been made yet but investigations are underway.