A 30-YEAR-OLD ex-convict has been arrested for allegedly exhuming, roasting and eating human flesh at a graveyard in Nyimba.
Eastern Province commissioner of police Eugene Sibote identified the ex-convict as Njanji Lungu of Nyimba district.
Mr Sibote said in an interview in Chipata yesterday that Lungu was found roasting human flesh at the cemetery.
“The incident happened on July 28 between 14:00 and 15:00 hours. Lungu was found with a human skull, while roasting human fresh at the graveyard claiming he was hungry,” he said.
He said the grave has been identified as belonging to a Mr Moses Phiri who is believed to have died two years ago.
Mr Sibote said members of the neighbourhood watch committee alerted police and when they rushed to the cemetery, they allegedly found Lungu eating human flesh.
Lungu allegedly told the police that he exhumed the corpse and consumed the remains because he was hungry.
Police arrested the suspect and slapped him with a charge of trespassing on the graveyard.
Mr Sibote said the suspect is an ex-convict who once served an 18-month sentence for an unknown offence.
And police in Vubwi have arrested six people for allegedly trying to smuggle 173 mukula logs into neighbouring Malawi.
Mr Sibote said four Malawians and two female Chipata residents were arrested on Tuesday around 03:00 hours.
He named the Malawian suspects as Richard Musapa, 25, Chibolwa Phiri, 28, Blessings Gideon, 17, Jesa Chuma, 23, and the Chipata residents as Barbara Kalaluka, 26, and Pilonia Phiri, 33.
Some Malawians and a Zambian businessman of Vubwi called Lenge Phiri are on the run.
Mr Sibote said two trucks laden with mukula logs were impounded.
Meanwhile, a fire swept through a thatched shed at Vizenge Trading Centre in Chief Chanje, destroying maize, tobacco and a bus – all worth over K100,000. This happened on the Chipata-Lundazi road.
A check at the scene found ashes of the burnt crops and frame of the bus.
A peasant, Jonathan Ngulube who was found on the scene, said the cause of fire is unknown.
Police have instituted investigations to determine the cause of fire.