THE mother to the notorious Mailoni brothers who were shot dead by security officers on Tuesday suspects that her sons were possessed with evil spirits after visiting a witchdoctor.
The brothers were shot dead after a five-year search by security wings following reports that the trio was terrorising and brutally murdering people.
In an interview at her home in Kawasaki village where she is in hiding in Kabwe rural yesterday, Janet Ngimu said her sons caused their deaths themselves for killing innocent people for no reasons.
Ms Ngimu a widow in her late 70’s, narrated that she was whisked away from her home in Luano valley by police after the residents set her house ablaze following her sons killings of people.
She said trouble started after one of the deceased who was not feeling well years back together with his brothers visited a witchdoctor and upon their return she noticed that their behaviour had changed.
She said the first person to be attacked was her only surviving son Nelson while she was at some point also beaten.
She said the first person who was brutally murdered using spears was a Mr Mwelwa who attempted to apprehend the three brothers after mobilising villagers and that was followed by continued killings by her three sons, Mika, Fabian and Stephano.
She said because of the killings she became a nomad as villagers threatened to kill her forcing her to seek refuge in the bush, sometimes in other peoples’ homes far from her village.
She said Chief Chembe picked her and later the police after noticing that the situation was worsening as it was becoming unsafe for her and those looking after her decided that she relocates in the year 2010 to Kabwe.
She said her sons had brought misery to her life as she was not able to move freely and that she could not go back to Luano where many families lost their loved ones lives at the hands of her sons.
She said following the killing of the three sons, Ms Ngimu and her family was living in fear as most villagers at her Kabwe home were threatening to deal with them for causing the deaths of many people.
“As you can see we cannot even mourn because we have been told that if we are going to go ahead and hold a funeral they will come and kill us stating that as family we just lost three people while the country has lost several people,”she said.
District Commissioner Patrick Chishala asked Zambians to accept the mother and family members because they could not be punished for crimes they did not commit considering those involved in the acts were no more.
Mr Chishala said a meeting would soon be held with the community to discuss the matter with a view of making them accept the family and live in peace.
Central police Commissioner of Police Standwell Lungu said the sensitisation programme had continued and was monitoring the situation closely.
Burial arrangements were underway.