15 January 2013

Zambia: Key Suspect in Cab Driver Murder Nabbed

A KEY suspect behind the latest killing of taxi driver Joseph Simfukwe has been apprehended after he escaped from police custody in Sinazeze in Southern Province last week.

A team of police officers apprehended Marvin Kapopola in Sinazeze yesterday where he went into hiding and joins four other suspects already in police custody behind the brutal killing on December 22, last year.

Kapopola escaped the police dragnet after the initial arrest, when he was taken to Sinazeze to locate buyers of Simfukwe's private parts.

Lusaka Province police chief, Joyce Kasosa was not readily available for a confirmation by Press time.

But police sources and the late Simfukwe's brother-in-law, Zozo Phiri said the suspect had been apprehended and was by press time being ferried from Sinazeze to Lusaka.

Mr Phiri hailed police for their dedication in probing the matter.

Mr Phiri said the mourning and an emotional search of Mr Simfunkwe's body had been strenuous to the family.

The late Simfukwe, a resident of Lusaka's Misisi Township was murdered at the age of 28 by suspects who hired him for a trip to Namwala.

His body was buried in Namwala but was exhumed by a team of doctors that had travelled there in the company of the victim's relatives.

He now rests at Chingwere Cemetery in Lusaka where his family re-buried him after bringing his remains from Namwala.

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