Government has strongly condemned the burning to death of an elderly couple on suspicion of practising witchcraft by irate residents in Ndola’s KASONGO area on the Copperbelt.
Chief Government Spokesperson Kennedy Sakeni says the act is illegal, inhuman and intolerable and will not go unpunished.
Mr. Sakeni has called on law enforcement officers to ensure perpetrators of the brutal killing are brought to book.
He said the law is very clear that people should report anyone suspected of wrongdoing to law enforcement agencies and not take the law into their own hands.
Mr. Sakeni who is also Information and Broadcasting Services Minister has warned that anyone resorting to taking the law into their own hands will face the full force of the law.
He has sent a message of condolences on behalf of the Government, to the bereaved family .
Mr. Sakeni has assured that Government will ensure that the safety and security of its citizens are upheld and protected at all times.
This is contained in a statement issued to the media in Lusaka on Tuesday.
An elderly couple of Kasongo Compound in Luanshya was killed by an instant justice mob on suspicion that they were practicing witchcraft.
Jungo Chisola 80 and his wife Matengu Sankanu were beaten to death before their bodies were set ablaze.