A SIX month’s old baby is among six bodies of the nine victims alleged to have been murdered by an escapee and inmate from Mukobeko Correctional Facility.
The victims have been identified by the relatives.
Central Province Police Commissioner Chola Katanga announced the identification of the bodies to the media.
The victims are Elizabeth Kazadi 43 , Pricilla Kafumbo-aged 41 and Naomi Namukulwa aged six months all from Kitwe.
Others are Doreen Nyambe, 29 from Lusaka who is wife to a truck driver, Mrs Mombota aged 51 from Mongu and Virginia Chanda from Chingola 48.
It is alleged that Joseph Chiteta and Miles Malaya murdered nine people who are mostly women.
This is barely three a week after Chiteta led police to Chichele forest in Ndola where he allegedly murdered and tied an 18 year old girl to a pine tree.
And information has emerged that Chiteta 53 and Malaya currently serving jail sentences at Mukobeko Maximum Correctional Facility and Medium Correctional Facility respectively for various offences are behind the murder of nine female victims in Kabwe.
Mr Katanga said the victims were all raped before being killed and buried in shallow graves.
“Joseph Chiteta who escaped lawful custody on April 07 2021 was apprehended on the Copperbelt after committing a string of other offences and that he has since been moved to Kabwe Central Police where he joins his accomplice Miles Malaya who was fished from Mukobeko Medium Correctional Facility to help with investigations,” he said.
Mr Katanga disclosed that preliminary investigations review that the victims who are believed to have relatives serving jail sentences at the said Correctional facilities were asked by Chiteta and Miles to go through to Kabwe’s Mukobeko Maximum and Medium Correctional Facilities all in a bid to negotiate for their relatives possible release on Parole.
He said Police have opened another inquiry into how Chiteta and Miles were able to have contacts for the victims while in Prisons despite the victims coming from Copperbelt, Lusaka and Western Provinces.
He said despite the bodies being in decomposed state and unrecognizable, he is hopeful that all the bodies will be exhumed as the suspects are cooperative in leading the Police to the different graves dotted around the Prison Farms.