Copperbelt Province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga who confirmed the incident said Aaron Mambwe, 59 was allegedly murdered by a mob that accused him of being a wizard who bewitched his own daughter, Lillian Chola (unknown age).
Ms. Katanga added that Ambleto Chola, son to the deceased Mr. Mambwe, reported the murder of his father killing by an unruly mob which accused him of being a wizard.
She said Ms Chola (deceased) was believed to have been suffering from severe chest pains and eventually passed on, on Sunday, July 29,2018.
She said during the burial on Wednesday, a mob of villagers lifted the coffin that contained the body of Ms Chola and began claiming that the coffin was leading them to the wizard who they said had bewitched the late Ms. Chola.
Ms Katanga said after it was alleged that the coffin pointed towards Mr. Mambwe, the mob headed towards him and began to beat him using sticks and metal bars and he died on the spot.
Ms Katanga said police rushed there and found Mr. Mambwe lying on the ground with multiple cuts on the head.
She said the body was picked and taken to Ndola Teaching Hospital (NTH) and is awaiting postmortem.
Ms. Katanga has described the development as unfortunate citing an increase in such occurrences in Masaiti and has called for the intervention of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to help address the trend by sensitizing members of the public against such practices.
The Copperbelt Police Chief has also urged members of the public to come forward and report perpetrators of such vices and and has further warned anyone found wanting that the law will catch up with them .