A TEENAGER in Mazabuka who was last week found abandoned in the bush where he was tied to a tree, has not been identified and is currently in the care of district Social Welfare Department.
The 14 years-old boy, who was mentally ill, was alleged to have been taken into the bush by suspected relatives on Wednesday morning and tied him to a tree along Magoye stream in Tandabale area.
He was discovered in the bush by a passerby, Holy Kalonga around 11:00 hours with his both hands tied with a blue piece of Chitenge material and left him for dead.
In an interview yesterday, District Commissioner Eugene Munyama said the boy, who was unable to speak due to his condition, was being looked after by Social Welfare Department.
“We have not yet traced his relatives, this boy is still currently being looked after by our district social welfare department while we continue to look for the relatives,” he said.
Mr Munyama said that efforts by the Social Welfare Department to interview the boy had proved futile because of his alleged mental status.
He, however, said police in collaboration with Social Welfare Department officers were still in search of the teenager’s relatives particularly in Magoye area where the incident occurred.
He appealed to members of the public with information pertaining to the boy to help police in tracing his relatives.
Efforts to get a comment from Southern Province Police chief Mary Chikwanda, proved futile by press time.
Meanwhile, a choma villager has allegedly beaten his 10-year-old son to death and dumped his body in a nearby dam.
Morrison Lubemba, of Sibululi Village in Chief Mapanza’s area, allegedly beat his son, Moses, to death in an attempt to discipline the boy.
Lubemba beat his son at home and witnesses claimed he died there before the father dumped the body in the dam to cover up his actions.
Southern Province Police Commissioner, Mary Chikwanda said the incident happened on Sunday.
A relative, Febian Simambo, reported the matter to police and Lubemba was swiftly apprehended.
Ms Chikwanda said the body was retrieved from the dam and was taken to Macha Mission Hospital in Mapanza, awaiting post-mortem and burial.
In a related incident, police in Kalomo have retrieved the body of a 49-year-old man identified as Steve Matongo, who was found floating in the Kalomo stream.
Ms Chikwanda said Mr Matongo, a resident of of Mawaya Township, was discovered floating in the stream around 10:00 hours on Monday.
She said the body was taken to Kalomo General Hospital mortuary andpolice did not suspect any foul play.