A four-year-old girl of Kabwe’s Kamushanga compound was on Sunday strangled to death by her grandfather.
Central Province Police Chief Simon Mpande confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Kabwe today that police have since arrested the man, Steven Lukwesa and his wife Monica Chimfwembe.
Mr. Mpande said the body of the girl, Naomi Njavwa Nambela is in Kabwe general hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.
He said police was investigating the matter to establish the motive behind the killing of the girl adding that the two have been charged with murder and would appear in court soon.
And according to the mother of the deceased girl, Gladys Musonda, the girl went missing at about 10 hours on Sunday.
She told ZANIS that her stepfather killed her daughter like a chicken and wrapped her body in chitenge material, mosquito net and an old jersey before hiding it under a bed.
She narrated that after noticing that her daughter was not seen playing with friends, a search was constituted at about lunch hour.
‘I even went to look for her at her father’s place within the compound. When it was apparent that she was nowhere, my mother who had then just arrived from the field, joined me while my step father showed no concern,’ she explained.
Musonda said later around 19 hours, her stepfather picked the body from where he hid it and tried to escape with it but a ten year old girl noticed him dashing into the dark and she shouted.
Musonda said she was suspicious of her stepfather who has been on separation with her mother for a long time.
She said she gave chase and managed to wrestle with her stepfather to get what he was carrying in his arms.
‘I managed to get him and when I touched the parcel, it was soft and as we struggled I realised that I held the head part of the body and the legs and only to discover that it was the body of my daughter. I screamed, my step father killed my child like a chicken,’ she narrated.
She said he tried to calm her down asking her to go with him in the house so that he could explain what transpired. She however cried for help and people gathered around and unwrapped the body.