Thursday, February 29, 2024

The trend of coffins refusing burial on the increase


The trend of coffins refusing burial seems to increase with the latest one being in Chibombo Town of Central Province.

The country has in the recent past recorded similar episodes starting with Milenge District in Luapula Province, Luano in Central Province and Mazabuka in Southern province.

In the latest incident, a coffin reportedly refused to be buried in Kabambi Village of Mungule Chiefdom in Chibombo District of Central Province.

Village Headman Chipali, Sylvester Machina in an interview confirmed that mourners were shocked when the coffin refused to be put on the vehicle ahead of burial.

Instead the coffin then dragged the poll bearers to Village Headman Kabambi’s residence, about two kilometers away, where it hit the door to the house open and rested on the mattress.

“We were supposed to go and bury this morning. Surprisingly the coffin refused to be put in the vehicle but started going round dragging the poll bearers to village headman Kabambi’s house where it rested on the mattress.

Stating that the bizarre incident attracted several villagers in the area , Mr. Machina narrated that when the coffin started directing the poll bearers towards the said headman’s house where it is resting on his bed.

He disclosed that Village Headman Kabambi , who is allegedly out attending another funeral in the nearby Lubinga Village in Mungule Chiefdom, assured him on the telephone that he will return to sort out the matter.

“Village Headman Kabambi picked the phone call from Lusaka and has been informed about the situation back home. He has promised that he will return back with police officers,” he said.

Mathews Mwakapandula, in his late 40s, of Kabambi village, is alleged to have died a mysterious death in the early house of Saturday.

Meanwhile, one of the eyewitnesses who sought anonymity explained that the drama started around 10: 00 hours when the coffin refused to be put in the vehicle.

“People were shocked when poll bearers were trying to put the coffin in the vehicle, the cover flipped open and it started dragging them, going in circles.

“ When it reached Village Headman Kabambi it hit the door open and went and rest of the mattress. Right now the coffin is on the mattress and scores of mourners have gathered at the Village headman’s residence about two kilometers from the funeral house,” the eyewitness said.

The eyewitness said Village Headman Kabambi allegedly left his home for Chilundu today thereby raising suspicions among the community especially after what has transpired thereafter.


  1. What do you expect in a Christian country where chiefs sleep for weeks at the graveyard and nondescript characters follow behind the president-elect?

  2. This GRZ needs to be the first to educate these illiterate chiefs and headman………

    So they intern educate their subjects

    These beliefs are retrogressive to development………..only undeveloped backward countries belive in this shi.t

    You never find this rubbish in developt nations……

    Pleas……develop an education programme for chiefs and head men………

  3. If you thought education was expensive try ignorance…..a confused country indeed…..and sometimes you just say thank God am in the diaspora

    • Unfortunately even our leaders just pretend not to believe in witchcraft but privately they staunch adherents to the scourge. Example is some chief very close to corridors of power..he is known for sleeping at graveyards.

  4. This pagan primitivity should be stopped. Its tarnishing the name of the country. A couple of years ago there was such an incident in Kaoma. The DC requested the soldiers to assist. They simply went and told the villagers to stop wasting time and to bury the coffin immediately . This was done to the surprise of everyone. Its all just superstitious primitivity being driven by witch finders swindling money from ignorant villagers.

  5. This is nonsensical at best. Why do people believe this nonsense? And we end up killing old people by accusing them of witchcraft. Old age is a curse in our rural villages.

  6. If only the reporter could reduce on his fiction. The country has recorded incidents of coffins refusing burial? Where are these records? National archives? ZNBC?
    This coffin reportedly refused to be buried. I guess it also refused to be video-taped by anyone, citing privacy reasons. Finding it boring to just stand around and refuse burial it then decided to head for headman Kabambi’s house and without knocking budged in and demanded a mattress.
    It will need to be cross-examined for its motives. Over to Lillian Siyuni since Kajoba only deals with Presidential defamation cases.
    However, rumor has it that in Kabambi’s house the coffin said HH is not a Christian. Yaba! Zaipa zintu.

  7. Kikikikikiki Pants on fire you make my day! It will be 12 months in Chimbokaila for the Kabimba coffin.

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