POLICE in Ndola have charged and arrested People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader George Mpombo for failure to secure a firearm that his son allegedly used to kill his 17-year-old lover Ruth Phiri.
Copperbelt Province commissioner of police Charity Katanga said Mr Mpombo, a former Minister of Defence, was arrested on Friday afternoon and is currently detained at Ndola Central Police.
“I want to confirm that we have formally charged and arrested PDP leader George Mpombo. We have charged him for alleged failure to secure a firearm. He is in our custody and he will be appearing in court at a date to be communicated,” Ms Katanga said.
It is alleged that Mr Mpombo’s son, George Mpombo Junior, on January 11, murdered Ruth after she informed him that she was pregnant for him.
The teenager is alleged to have subsequently beheaded Ruth before burying her body in a shallow grave, a kilometre from Chiwala Secondary School in Masaiti.
The teenager then went and dumped her head in a bush in Ndola’s second trading class area.
Earlier on Friday, when he appeared at Ndola Central Police Station, Mr Mpombo admitted that the firearm that his son allegedly used to shoot Ruth was his, but that he stole it from the house.
He said his son’s action of allegedly murdering his lover cannot be tolerated by anyone and that the law should take its course.
“The boy is my son, but he has committed a heinous crime that cannot be tolerated. The gun he used is mine but I did not realise that my son had stolen it from the house. I had no idea that he was even being interrogated by the police on Tuesday over the missing of the girl.
“I cannot condone a crime that brings the sanctity of life into disrepute. All I can say is that the law must take its course because every human being deserves to live and if they die, they should be buried in a proper manner,” Mr Mpombo said.