Unknown people exhume and steal body from Sioma church cemetery
By Staff Reporter
Police in the Western Province have launched a manhunt for some people who exhumed the body of a 72-year-old resident of Sioma district from a Roman Catholic Church cemetery and went away with his remains but left the damaged coffin and clothes in the grave.
Provincial police commissioner Charles Lungu said in an interview in Mongu that part of the remains of Anny Nakando of Nalombe village, who died and buried on July 20, 2016, were discovered burnt 400 metres away from the grave when police officers conducted a scene visitation.
Police are now investigating a case of trespassing on a burial site in the bizarre incident that took place last week.
“Police in Sioma visited the site and have discovered that part of the remains were burnt 400 metres away from the grave and also recovered one axe with suspected blood stains.
He added that 45-year-old Mubiana Sitali, a biological son to the deceased positively identified the coffin, clothes, shoes and a bottle of perfume as some of the things which were put in the grave on the day of the deceased’s burial.
“I appeal to the community of Western Province to urgently alert police once they notice suspects trying to trespass on grave sites as it is an offence,” said Lungu. “Investigations are underway.”