Police in Mushindamo District of North-Western Province recorded two cases of murder and three cases of assault in connection with attacks by a magical moving coffin.
Police said, the incident occurred in Kabunene area of Mushindamo District on January 10, 2023 between 09:00 hours and 15:00 hours, were two persons were found lying unconscious on the ground and three others with serious injuries.
Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Danny Mwale said Police investigations revealed that on January 7, 2023, a man only identified as Mwelwa Malembe died after a short illness and on January 10, 2023, the community resorted to undertake ‘chikondo’ which is a magical moving coffin so as to establish the people believed to be behind the death of the deceased.
Mr. Mwale said thatwhile the procession was being undertaken, the deceased were beaten by a moving coffin.
He further explained that it is also alleged that a mob participated by using kicks and sticks as the deceased sustained fatal injuries.
“The mob also attacked the three other victims and left them with serious wounds,” he said.