24 December 2012

Zambia: Taxi Driver Chipili's Murder - Cops Make Headway

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POLICE in Lusaka have made positive headway in investigating the gruesome murder of a taxi driver, Matthew Chipili, whose death shocked the public, Lusaka Province police chief Joyce Kasosa has said.

Late Chipili, 20, had his facial skin peeled off, his left eye gouged out and gullet removed.

Assailants also went away with his tongue after dumping his body in Roma Township.

Ms Kasosa said in an interview that investigations had intensified and positive ground had been established to crack the jigsaw puzzle.

"No arrests have been made so far but I can confirm that we have made positive headway in this matter and so far so good, but this is all I can say for now. We are happy that there are people who saw two passengers who booked the deceased's taxi. We have more positive information," Ms Kasosa said.

Mr Chipili was found dead on Thursday at an undeveloped plot in Roma last week by passersby who alerted police officers.

On July 14 this year, Ruth Mbandu, who was a student at the National Institute for Public Administration was brutally killed and her body parts removed in a similar fashion.

Two weeks after Ruth's murder, 27-year-old Sharon Tembo of Matero was killed in unclear circumstances as she was heading home from a hair salon.

On August 7 this year, 23-year-old Mazuba Kapembwa of Woodlands was raped before being killed in Chilenje.

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