FOLLOWING a murder and theft of some dollars, yuan’s and kwacha which happened along Parliament road in Lusaka, three more people have been arrested.
Munji Mauma aged 29, Getias Muleya 29 and Benson Chanda aged 23 allegedly attacked and killed a security guard Charles Phiri aged 23, who they found at B and B hotel which is under construction along Parliament road.
The trio are believed to have tied the victim up,forced a cloth into his mouth to keep him from shouting and then shot him.
They then made way into the room of the site watch man, a Chinese National Wang Hong Xing aged 55, who they tied up and stole cash amounting to K2000, USD$150 and 700 yuan, together with two cell phones.
Mr Wang forced the rope which he had been tied with off him and rushed to look for help.
When he found his colleagues, they went looking for the security guard who they found gasping for life on the second floor of the building.
They then rushed him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
After the murder and robbery, Mauma was arrested after being identified by Mr Wang as a former employee, while Chanda was found with safety boots suspected to have been stolen from the site and Muleya was arrested for being found with 400 yuan and a cellphone.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the incident occurred on September 6th, around 23:00 hours.
“A security guard identified as Charles Phiri aged 23 was murdered while on duty at the construction site. The suspects also robbed a Chinese national who is a site watchman identified as Wang Hong Xing aged 55 of cash money amounting to K2,000, USD$150 , 700 Yuan and a two cellular phones,” he said.
Mr Mwale said Police were alerted and immediately rushed to the scene where it was revealed that the site watchman was in his room when he saw three armed men who demanded for money after tying his legs with a wire.
He said the suspects went away with the money and phones leaving Mr Wang tied.
“He later untied himself and called for help and together with his friends searched for the security guard who was found unconscious on the second floor of the building while his hands and legs were tied with shoe laces and a cloth around his neck,” he said.
Mr said Mr Wang was able to identify one of the suspects as the former worker at the same Construction site.
“Immediately investigations were instituted leading to the arrest of Munji Mauma and the recovery of one Cellular phone which the Chinese man positively identified. Further, police nabbed Getias Muleya who was found with 400 Chinese yuan and a cellular phone, while Benson Chanda was found with safety boots suspected to have been stolen from the construction site,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 9th September, 2023)
‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka
LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.
Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.
In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.
Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.
“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”
Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.
“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
Lusaka farm workers run after stealing 150 pigs from employer, police say
THREE farm workers are on the run after they allegedly stole 150 pigs valued at K1.5 million.
The three are Peter Mumba aged 40, Isaac Banda aged 36 and Boniface Banda aged 20.
A manhunt has been launched to bring the suspects to book.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident allegedly took place on Friday December 8th between 19:00 to 20:00 hours.
He said the report of theft by servant was received from Veronica Phiri, the owner of the farm in the industrial area.
“Brief facts of the matter are that the reporter (farm owner) employed the trio at her farm two years ago. On December 7,2023,She visited her farm and everything was intact. However, on December 9,2023 around 10:00 hours,She received a phone call from her neighbour that there was no one at her farm including all workers and their wives.She later drove to her farm and found no body and all her livestock had been stolen,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said she then immediately reported the matter to Westwood Police Station.
He added that Police Officers visited the scene of crime and found no workers at the farm and all the pigs had been stolen.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
Suspected criminal shot dead in Lusaka
POLICE have gunned down a suspected criminal believed to be behind a spate of robberies.
The suspect only known as Jack TC is believed to have committed a spate of crimes with his colleagues who are on the run.
Jack TC was renting an apartment in Kalundu area of Lusaka and allegedly hired a vehicle three months prior, which he used to commit the said crimes.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the unfolding of the crimes started on November 29,2023, during routine patrols when officers spotted a Silver Toyota Ractis bearing Registration CAC 825 ZM which was suspiciously parked along a small gravel road.
He said when challenged, the occupants started the motor vehicle and spade off almost hitting one of the officers.
“This prompted officers to fire warning shots and consequently three suspected criminals escaped and abandoned the vehicle. A set of number plates bearing Registration number BAE 6146 ZM, were recovered. The vehicle was later discovered to have been hired out to Clement Katunga of Katungu farms in Makeni through our investigations,” he said.
He said later on December 7, 2023 around 09:00 hours, officers went to Lusaka west in Kalundu area where they found that the suspect was renting an apartment.
Mr Hamoonga said when officers approached the apartment, two suspected criminals came out and jumped over a wall fence with a lazer wire.
He explained that several warning shots were fired towards the two escaping criminals who nevertheless disappeared into a thicket in the neighboring farm.
“Unfortunately, when officers conducted a search around the thicket, one suspected criminal only known as Jack TC was found lying on the ground after he sustained bullet wounds and lazer wire respectively. He was rushed to University Teaching Hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the apartment officers recovered the following Unregistered Mark X grey in colour ,13 ladies hand bags, a set of four black mag rims wheels, with tyres, two sets of Number plates BAX 3769 and SHIKY 1, a double sticker seal tape, two pairs of ladies shoes, ÀB BANK Cash withdraw slip by IFO SABRIE KALID, a Gun case, FNB ATM bearing card number 1646, a Money tag Slip from Atlas Mara Zambezi mall and two NRCs bearing the names of Samuel Zulu and Mooba Habombe
Mr Hamoonga said also found was a driving licence for Clement Katunga ,Sherbourne lodge identity card for manager ,12 – 2023 Inclusive Sports Festival T-shirts, eight laptop bags, six Travelling bags, four suitcases and two kit bags.
“The Owner of the Ractis vehicle has identified the now deceased as the person who had in fact hired his vehicle for at least three months.
Investigations have since been instituted and a manhunt for the suspect who escaped is on,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)