Wilson Musonda, 22, of Race Course Township in Kitwe was found dead on Tuesday, with his head missing in a makeshift barber shop near Chikosa bar.
Copperbelt Commissioner of police Charity Katanga said in an interview yesterday, that it was not the fault of the police that the head had not yet been found, but assured that investigations were still being conducted.
“For the family to say they will hold on to the body until the head is found is their choice, because it is not the police who killed him (Musonda), therefore, if they decide to do that, my office has no problem with that,” she said.
Ms Katanga reminded the bereaved family that after 90 days, the local authority would take up its duty to ensure the body was buried as stipulated by the law.
She also urged residents in the province to safeguard their lives and avoid unnecessary movements.
Ms Katanga said people should be cautious about their movements after dark, as police patrols could not cover every area.
“People shouldn’t be quick to say that the police will curb these killings if they do not take precautions over their own lives. In as much as the police is supposed to patrol, residents should also know that they should not move at awkward times when there is a certain trend of crime happening,” Ms Katanga said.