PETER SICHALI writes
A MAN of Mafinga District has been hacked to death by unknown people, Muchinga Province Police Commissioner Joel Njase has confirmed.
Mr Njase said the incident happened on January 13 at around 03:00 hours in Nkolongo Village of Chief Mwenechifungwe’s area.
Mr Njase named the deceased as James Simbeye 55 of Nkolongo Village.
“Police received a report from a Mr Samson Nyirongo, 66 that one person James Simbeye aged 55 of Nkolongo Village, Chief Mwenechifungwe was hacked to death by unknown persons,” he said. Mr Njase said brief facts were that on Sunday around 19:00 hours Mr Simbeye and his wife female Elidah Nangogo, 25 retired to bed. He said the deceased’s wife saw a torch light that illuminated into the house where they were sleeping and this made her to become alert and suspicious.
Later she heard persons talking outside the house and later saw two male persons with one of them armed with an axe, enter the house after they forced open the door.
Mr Njase said it was believed that at the time the assailants gained entry into the house, Mr Simbeye was fast asleep.
“When the wife made an attempt to alert him it was too late as the two assailants had entered the house and attacked the unsuspecting husband in his sleep.
“Acting on the report police officers visited the scene and found the body lying in a pool of blood facing upwards.
He said the officers inspected the body and observed that it had three deep cuts one on the chin, one on the right eyebrow and the other cut was behind the right ear.
He said the motive behind the act was yet to be established and that the body has since been collected from the scene and deposited at Isoka District Hospital mortuary for postmortem.
Meanwhile Mr Njase said that police have arrested a suspected agent of the hired killer known as Jambazi.
“Muchinga Police command has warned community members in Mafinga especially those working as agents for assailants (Majambazi), that our system is on the ground and so far one agent was apprehended on January 10, and will round up any suspects in such murder related cases,” he said
Mr Njase has appealed to all those with information to inform police.
He further warned that those aiding criminality would also be made to answer before the law.