Elderly woman in Kitwe beaten on suspicion of being a witch

 Elderly woman in Kitwe beaten on suspicion of being a witch

By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
An annoyed mob in Kitwe has beaten an elderly woman aged between 70 and 80 to death for suspecting her to be a witch.

Copperbelt Police Commissioner Elias Chushi said the incident happened on Friday, July 2, 2021 at around 06:00 hours.

Mr Chushi said police received a call from a CCPU officer who alerted that a woman was beaten in Kitwe’s Chipata compound for suspected witchcraft.

“The police rushed to the scene and found the body of the female victim aged between 70 to 80 years who was putting on an orange pair of trousers a khaki blouse, black in complexion with short hair who was murdered by the mob,” Mr Chushi said

Mr Chushi said the victim was found moving aimlessly in the yard of one person yet to be identified who sounded alarm to members of the public.

“This attracted the attention of the neighborhood who descended on her and beat her using sticks, stones, fists and other missiles on suspicion of practicing witchcraft, however information on the ground indicates that the victim is suspected to be of unsound mind,” he said.

Mr Chushi added that the body has been picked and has since been deposited to Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting identification, postmortem, and  investigations instituted, no arrest made.