Total chaos at funeral as police fire teargas at mourners over a ritual to identify killer


Police in Kaoma District yesterday fought running battles with irate villagers after a ritual, locally known as Chikondo, was performed on a dead person to prompt the coffin lead them to the alleged killer before the burial.

And two suspected witches are admitted to Kaoma District Hospital after sustaining injuries when the mob pounced on them following the coffin’s directive. The mob further burnt to ashes the houses of the suspected witches.

The event which attracted scores of residents took place at Naliyele Royal Village around 12:00 hrs.

The police, who arrived at the scene after a tip off an hour later, had a tough time in dispersing the angry mob, a development that forced them to fire teargas canisters to disperse the crowd, forcing the pallbearers to abandon the coffin, which the police picked and bury later.

According to the elder brother Michael Sipumo, the deceased Sydney Sipumo 40 was said to have developed stomach problems and was rushed Kaoma District Hospital where he later died.

The police have since launched a manhunt for the supplier of charms.

This year alone, eight similar incidences have taken place in different parts of Kaoma District.

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