Police in Lusaka have confirmed the death of Dr Tasila Tembo aged 47 and said her body was discovered on Tuesday, October 27, in a decomposed state covered with leaves in Nanking Army Training Centre in Mikango Barracks area, and her estranged boyfriend, who is currently on the run, has been suspected to be the killer.

Her family reported to the Police that she went missing on Saturday, October 24. They said she and her estranged boyfriend had a quarrel the very day she went missing.

The remains of Dr. Tembo was buried on Thursday, October 29, at memorial park in Lusaka because of the extent of decomposition of the body.

Late Tasila Mercy Tembo with her estranged lover

Acting Police Spokesperson Danny Mwale who confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, October 31, said her body was discovered in a decomposed state in Lusaka’s Mikango Barracks area, covered with leaves.

Mr. Mwale said the police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect identified as Lieutenant Nigel Mwaba aged 33 of Zambia Army in Lusaka.

“Police in Lusaka received a report of a missing person in which it was reported that a female identified as Dr. Tasila Tembo aged 47 of Plot number 1732 Meanwood, Ibex Hill went missing. This occurred on October 24, 2020 around 16 hours,” Mwale said.

He said the body was temporarily buried and is awaiting Post-mortem to be conducted at the University Teaching Hospital.

Mwale said Police have since launched a manhunt for the suspect and has appealed to members of the public who may have the information of the whereabouts of the suspect to report to any police station.