16 January 2013

Zambia: Somalis Attack Taxi Driver in Kabaso Shooting Sequel

A Ndola taxi driver who surrendered a Somali to the police for allegedly killing his employee was on Sunday beaten by nationals from the Horn of Africa in a reprisal attack.

Steve Choongwe was attacked by two unidentified Somalis who also damaged part of his vehicle in Itawa residential area.

Mr Choongwe said in an interview yesterday that he was living in fear of being attacked by Somali nationals.

In December last year, Omar Mohammed Hashi aged 30, was arrested in Ndola for allegedly gunning down his domestic worker Holland Kabaso also 30, who died on the spot.

Hashi is alleged to have fled and booked a taxi belonging to Mr Choongwe, who noticed that his customer had a gun and surrendered him to the military police in Kansenshi area.

Mr Choongwe said his action had angered some Somali nationals in Ndola, but maintained that he did what a law-abiding citizen is supposed to do.

He narrated that he was called on Sunday morning by a Zambian lady who wanted to hire his taxi from Itawa but upon arrival at the place, he found a Somali woman and man with planks waiting for him.

"There were no people around the place so the two opened the doors and started beating me from nowhere. I then decided to jump into the vehicle and drove back to the main road," he said.

He reported the case to police and went to Ndola Central Hospital for treatment.

Mr Choongwe sustained injuries on his face and is living in fear as he does not know what will happen to him next.

Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge expressed sadness and disappointment at the development.

The minister has since called on all Somali nationals in Zambia not to take the good will of Zambians for granted.

He appealed to the police to investigate the matter and bring to book the culprits who assaulted the taxi driver.

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