POLICE in Nyimba have arrested a fourth suspect in a suspected ritual murder of a 20-year-old youth whose organs were removed and his body dumped on a road.
Three suspects were initially arrested and on Thursday, the fourth was nabbed.
The victim, Pitani Tembo, went missing on October 7, 2015 and his body was found on October 29, 2015 on the Great East Road in Nyimba.
Eastern Province commissioner of police Eugene Sibote said Tembo’s case was first treated as a hit and run case but later police discovered that some of his body parts were missing and they began probing the matter as a murder.
Mr Sibote said in an interview on Friday in Chipata that Mateyo Mwanza, 29, was nabbed after he went to a local herbalist to cleanse himself of the ‘Ghost’ of Tembo.
Mwanza whose taxi was used in the murder first told police that there were five of them but Police discovered he included the victim on the list.
Others who have been arrested include Paul Nyangu, 33 and Alfred Lungu both of Nyimba.
The assailants attempted to fake the murder by making it look like a hit-and-run case.
“Mwanza, whose vehicle was found with stains of blood, told police that Tembo was taken to a nearby bush where he was first hit on the head with a metal bar then killed by removing his heart, private parts and other organs,” Mr Sibote said.
Tembo’s body was then put in Mwanza’s vehicle and dumped on the road, where the members of the public later found it.
All four suspects are in custody and will appear in court soon.
He said police pathologists will exhume the body to conduct a fresh post-mortem following the recovery of a metal bar believed to have been used in the murder.