Police on the Copperbelt province say they will work hand in hand with the councils to increase vigilance around graveyards following the case of exhuming a body at Kantolomba gravesite in Masaiti.
Copperbelt province Police Commissioner Elias Chushi confirmed that police in Kafulafuta received a report of trespass at the gravesite which occurred on February 19, 2021 at unknown time at Kantolomba Cemetery Miengwe Re-Settlement Scheme in Masaiti District.
Mr. Chushi explained that Elvis Shamulanga aged 54 of Banhill Farm, reported that unknown people exhumed the late cousin’s remains, Harrison Mwileli, who was buried on June 25, 2020.
Mr. Chushi said on Saturday February 20, 2021 around 08:15 hours, Willy Chimwanga was going home and used a bush path through the grave when he noticed that Mwileli’s body was exhumed by unknown people.
“He quickly alerted the deceased’s relative, Elvis accompanied them to the Police Station. When Police visited the scene, they discovered that, the body was exhumed and coffin pieces were thrown around the grave,” he said.
Mr. Chushi added that the body was removed from the coffin and thrown back into the open grave.
He said police and relatives managed to gather and bury the remains.
He has since warned that police and the local authority will work together to increase vigilance around the grave yards in order to arrest any would be trespassers.