A THIEVING group of Lusaka’s Matero Compound including woman have gone viral on social media after being arrested by Police in a failed robbery on the Copperbelt.
The gang staged a money heist in the city of Ndola which was foiled by the gateaway driver’s inability to steer a basic Toyota Allion with a mere 1.4cc engine on a wide two lane asphalt road.
In a brazen coordinated attack ripped straight from the middle page of a best-selling crime thriller, the robbers driving a grey Toyota Allion shadowed a black Toyota Hilux which was being driven by 34-year old Francis Kunda who had just withdrawn K132,048 from FNB Bank in the Central Business District.
Noticing the robbers in close pursuit, Francis panicked and thought his feet were faster than the Toyota Hilux.
Kunda jumped out of his vehicle and ran to hide among peasant farmers with hope that they might rescue him but even they ran away from him as his terrified screaming face scared them too.
With Kunda out the vehicle, one of the criminals touting a small Calibre pistol came out of their vehicle and like picking eggs in a chicken run got the bag containing the money, joined his lot and together they sped off.
Robbers safely out of sight, Francis gathered some courage and mobilised an army of the willing to give chase to the robbers who were now heading towards Lusaka with the bounty safely in their custody.
However, upon looking in their rearview mirror, the criminals realised that they had someone on their tail and attempted to cruise faster than the skill of the driver.
With one false move from the driver, the car came to a screeching halt under the trailer of heavy duty truck.
Shell shocked, one criminal who surely was a sports prefect in his High School days bolted from the scene never to be seen again.
The remaining three were ordered at gunpoint by police who had now arrived to lay on the ground and complied.
However, a chubby lady with calm looks of an SDA Dorcas Mother remained sitted in the car like she was waiting for holy communion.
For her indiscretion, she was slapped out of the wrecked car and also made to pile her flobby mass on the dust.
Police spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has confirmed that those arrested for aggravated robbery whose minimum sentence is 15 years in jail are Charles Lunga, Norman Nguni, Owen Msimanga and off course Ethel Lyambai, all Matero and Chunga Compounds in Lusaka.
The bag containing the money was also safely recovered.
The incident is likely to mark a rare record in Zambia’s criminal justice system as for the first time in a long time, none of the criminals received a bullet in their thieving bodies from the gun-happy C5 Elite Anti-Robbery Squad.
Lusaka man murdered in Kabanana Township by unknown people, police say
A THRTY-FIVE year old man of Lusaka has been murdered by unknown people in unclear circumstances.
Isaac Chileshe of Kabanana Township was found dead yesterday at Sembo area.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo told Mwebantu that Chileshe is suspected to have been murdered between 11th April, 2021 at unknown time and 12th April, 2021 around 06:00 hours at Kabanana Sembo area where his body was found.
She said police visited the scene and found the deceased lifeless facing upwards with a deep cut on the back of the head.
“There were no instruments found at the scene .It is alleged that the victim left home on 11th April, 2021 around 1200 hours for a drinking spree and was found dead in the morning of yesterday. The body has been conveyed to UTH mortuary awaiting postmortem examination,” Ms Katongo said.
She said investigations have been launched.
Four people convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in cannabis
FOUR people in eastern province have been convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in nine polythene sacks containing dry loose cannabis weighing 865 Kilograms.
The four are among 10 people were arrested by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern and Copperbelt Provinces for trafficking in over 900 kilograms of loose cannabis.
The convict have been identified as Stanley Kunda, male aged 34, Melvin Chola, male aged 27, Joseph Tembo, male aged 28, Moses Banda, male aged 29 all of John Leing Compound in Lusaka.
They were intercepted at Nyalungwe National Parks Wildlife Checkpoint in Nyimba where they were found with nine polythene sacks containing dry loose cannabis weighing 865 Kilograms.
Meanwhile, another person on the Copperbelt province has been convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking for trafficking in dry loose cannabis plants concealed in two ‘ukwa’ bags weighing 41 Kilograms.
John Mumba 50 was convicted after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in cannabis.
Meanwhile five others who pleaded not guilty are expected to appear in court for trial.
The five accused persons include Kelvin Chileshe, aged 26, Memory Chisenga, aged 41, Shadreck Chinyala,aged 26, Joseph Mumba, aged 42 and Lewis Mwengwe, aged 26.
They were intercepted at Sabina Toll Gate in Kalulushi and were jointly charged for trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
DEC public relations officer Mathias Kamanga said in a statement that the convicts appeared in court and John Mumba pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Mumba was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour. The case was adjourned for commencement of trial with regard to the other suspects,” he said.
In another incident, the Commission arrested Ray Russel, male aged 40 of Ganatone in Kitwe for trafficking in 4.5 kg of marijuana contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
The suspect was initially apprehended by Zambia Police Service for Gender Based Violence (GBV) offences and upon searching him, was found with some balls of marijuana.
“The Public is hereby informed that recent investigations conducted by the Commission have established a link between drug abuse and violence, particularly GBV. We therefore wish to appeal to members of the public to stop drug abuse as this leads to such vices as GBV and many other wrongs which go against the beliefs and values of this country,” Mr Kamanga said.