A 72 year old man suspected of being a wizard in Matepe Village in Chama District in Muchinga Province has committed suicide.
Muchinga Province Police Commissioner, Joel Njase has confirmed the incident to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Chama yesterday.
According to Mr Njase, the incident happened on Sunday 15th April at 06:00 hours and was reported to the police yesterday at 08:32 hours.
Mr. Njase said police received a telephone call from Inspector Chilembo of Matepe Village, in Chief Kambombo’s area that Headman Lungwell Mkandawire 72, committed suicide by taking unknown poisonous substance.
The police commissioner said that the motive behind his death is that the deceased was alleged to be a wizard by a witch Doctor who had forced him to drink certain charms.
Mr. Njase added that a witch doctor, Justin Bwalya, 38 of Chibesakunda village forced him to drink certain charms after which he found the deceased to be a wizard.
The Police Commissioner said that it is alleged that the deceased person was too ashamed to continue living his life knowing that he had been found to be a wizard hence he took his own life by drinking some poisonous substance.
Mr. Njase said that the scene of crime has been visited and family members have since been advised to bury and mark the grave.
He said that the witch doctor and his colleagues have since been detained in police custody.