On Wednesday 16 December, in Luanshya, Copperbelt Province, Zambia, a 21-year-old student nurse, Mapalo Masiku, who was murdered by her boyfriend, Kaluwayo Mwika, was laid to rest.
Mwika, 29, committed suicide by hanging right after his partner was killed. It is suspected that because she had found fresh love, Mapalo decided to break the relationship.
This did not go well with Mwika, though so he tricked her to death somewhere in a bush where he strangled her.
Masiku was a second year student at Chitambo College of Nursing and House Number 351, Mikomfwa Township in Luanshya, Copperbelt Province, said the Central Province Police Commissioner, Chola Katanga, who reported the incident. Mr. Katanga said the incident occurred inside the surrounding bush of Chitambo College of Nursing on Sunday, December 13.Kaluwayo allegedly hanged himself in the Chito district, about 18 km from the crime scene at Chitambo Nursing College, he said.
Police spokeswoman Esther Katongo said early reports suggested that her boyfriend, who had just finished school at the same institution, was mistaken by the victim. Mrs. Katongo said it is suspected that the perpetrator contacted a friend of the victim to provide directions to where the body was.
“The body was found with injuries and was been picked and taken to Chitambo District Hospital mortuary and today. Police received information that the suspect has committed suicide.” she added.
In the meantime, the Commissioner said the police was looking into a recorded call Kaluwaya had with one of his friends where he admitted that his girlfriend had been killed. Katanga said in the recording that Kaluwaya said he had killed Mapalo because after placing a ring on her finger, she abandoned him for another man. It reads the recording:
“I told her that let’s go somewhere and talk,we then went somewhere near the bush…We then talked about our relationship. She couldn’t cooperate.She told me that she has found a new guy called Patrick. She then told me that she no longer loves me, but she is ready to give me a child. She said she can give me anything.We then enjoyed ourselves,”
“Later the argument continued again because I was hurt,for her to leave me!.That’s how I strangled her neck,till she died. I then hit her with a piece of tree on the head. I don’t believe that she is still alive, if she is alive, then she must thank her God. I hope they will find her body. This is my last call, I hope that you will find my body, my phone is on, and the people who will pick my corpse will communicate..I’m using a small phone,no password…I’m gone!.”