Residents of Chikola Township in Chingola woke up to the shocking news that a three year old boy had been thrown into a well yesterday afternoon by a woman of the same Township believed to be the wife of a man called Fassy Musonda.
Ben Muleba, the deceased 3 year old child, who was a pupil at Evangel private nursery school near Chingola High School was allegedly strangled and latter thrown into the well by the wife of a known businessman who owns shops at Malemba trading place.
Last night as it was getting late parents of the 3 year old child got worried and started searching for the boy and asking neighbors.
Around 20 hours Mrs Musonda’s daughter who is nine years old told the parents of the deceased that she was with Ben in the afternoon but later he was called by her mother in the bedroom where he did not came back.She said she saw her mother taking Ben outside and throwing him into a well that had a concrete cover designed a with little hole on top to draw water.
The parents of the deceased reported the matter to Chingola Central police station and Mrs Musonda was arrested upon finding the truth that boy had indeed been thrown into the well by her.
Residents gathered at the Musonda’s house early in the morning to see weather it was true that Ben was thrown into the well.
Police rushed to the scene to prevent any mob justice from the residents while waiting Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) rescue team to retrieve the body.
Around 09 hours rescue team arrived at the scene and had tough time to remove the concrete built on the well.
As residents saw the body retrieved from the well by KCM rescue team there was commotion as many residents wept uncontrollably and the father to the deceased Ben Muleba senior fainted.
Police together with the deceased parents took the body to Nchanga North General Hospital mortuary.
After the police drove off, residents started demolishing the house of Mr Musonda the businessman, while others started looting house goods.Residents did not end there they but went on to demolish his shop at Mulemba trading place and looted all his merchandise from the shop in Chikola Township.
Residents are said to have suspected the businessman practiced Satanism because of previous strange behaviour.He is thought to be a successful businessman in the township.
The Police were unable to comment because the Officer in-Change had gone on tour with the Minister of Home Affairs who was in Chingola at that time.