21 January 2013

Zambia: Mob Burns Suspected Thief to Death

A SUSPECTED thief has died after he was brutally beaten and burnt by an angry mob in Lusaka's Matero Township.

The incident happened around 02:00 hours on Saturday, at house number 5719 Chitimukulu Road where the suspect identified as Lucky Mwiinga was caught disbanding a radio system in a car.

Police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela said the owner of the house was awakened by a strange noise outside the house.

When he woke up, he saw a man jumping the boundary fence, leaving his colleague inside the car.

At this point, the owner of the car used his remote control to lock the doors to the car and called for help.

Neighbours rushed to the house only to find the suspect locked in the car.

The angry mob opened the car and descended on him.

Mr Mwiinga, 35, was asked to call a relative using a mobile phone.

His uncle rushed to the scene and found his nephew had his legs burnt with plastic material.

"The suspect was then rushed to Chingwere Clinic where he was referred to UTH but he died on the way," Ms Kanjela said.

Police recorded a statement from the complainant which would be the basis for investigations.

"We have always advised members of the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands. Suspects should be taken to the police so that they face justice in the courts," she said.

Meanwhile, police in Solwezi are holding a man of Kalulushi for firing gunshots and threatening to kill a person at a night spot.

John Makwena of Kariba Township in Kalulushi was alleged to have threatened to kill Steven Salo of Kyawama Township in Solwezi.

"The identified man was armed with a pistol and did fire shots in the air. One expanded cartridge of a star pistol was brought to the police station as exhibit.

"Following investigations, the suspect was found at a lodge and it was discovered that the firearm was not licensed," Ms Kanjela said.

The pistol was confiscated while the suspect was arrested and charged with possessing an unlicensed firearm.

In Eastern Province, a man died on the spot while four others sustained injuries when the motor vehicle they were in overturned on Chipata-Mfuwe Road on Saturday evening.

"Involved was Joseph, other names are not known yet. The accident happened at Chikumbe area when he failed to negotiate a curve due to overspeeding and in the process he went off the road and overturned," Ms Kanjela said.

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