Southern Province Commissioner of Police, Mary Chikwanda, confirmed the incident to ZANIS in Choma May 14th and identified the suspect as Joseph Walela of Zambia compound.
Ms Chikwanda named the deceased boy as Bwalya Mulenga, also of Zambia compound.
She said the incident, which was reported to police by the deceased’s brother, happened May 13th around 07:00hours.
Ms Chikwanda said after the beating the deceased was rushed to Choma General Hospital where he later died.
The Police Commissioner, however, said the cause that could have led to Mr Walela’s beating his son to death is not yet known but that the police officers in the district were carrying out investigations.
She said Mr Walela, who had been on the run, was later apprehended.
Ms Chikwanda said Mr Bwalya’s body is laying in the Choma General Hospital awaiting post-mortem.