Sesheke District man shot to death on suspicion of witchcraft

Zambia: Police in Sesheke District have found the body of a 61 years old man who was murdered by unknown people in the district. The suspects allegedly believe that the victim was a practicer of witchcraft and that he was a threat to the people.

Meanwhile, the members of the community have shared that the The body of the victim was found by the police on Sunday. The suspects shot the deceased, identified as John Longwani around 22:00 hours on Sunday.


After the victim was shot, his brother, Sililo Longwani reported the incident to the Police Force. The younger brother of the victim also lives in the same village as the victim, Masamu village.

Western Province Commissioner of Police, David Chileshe identified the deceased in a media communication. The Police Force has also started to investigate the murder incident and have interviewed the brother of the deceased.

According to the Commissioner of Police, Chileshe, the deceased was shot on Sunday, 26th May, 2024 at around 22:00 hours. The matter was reported to the Police by Sililo Longwani of the same village shortly after the shotting happened.

The team of police officers was sent to the scene of crime for preliminary investigation. They have revealed that the deceased sustained a gunshot wound on the right side of the chest.

The gunshot wound is suspected to have led to the death of the victim. The Police officer further noted that the body was picked by Police the same day and deposited at Yeta District Hospital mortuary.

The dead body will undergo postmortem before it is released for burial as investigations into the matter have been instituted.


And the deceased’s brother, Sililo Longwani has expressed his disappointed on the manner in which his elder brother had been killed.

“It is bad that people in this era are still having beliefs of witchcraft. If they thought my brother had been practicing witchcraft, they could have brought a witch doctor to come and testify,” he said.