31 January 2013

Zambia: Kabwe Taxi Driver Murder - Six in the Dock

SIX suspects including two juveniles who were arrested early this week in connection with the strangling of two Kabwe taxi drivers last year have appeared before Kabwe Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya.

The six who appeared for reading of the charges are Mubanga Mutale, 32, Bruce Bota, 28, Kings Bota, 32, all of Ndola, and Brian Mofya, 34, and two 16-year-old boys from Lusaka.

They are facing two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of murder.

In the first and second counts, the six are alleged to have on September 12, 2012 robbed and murdered Simon Miti of a Toyota Corolla, registration number ABZ 1481.

In the third and fourth counts, the six on October 25, last year are alleged to have murdered and robbed Aaron Hasanda of his Toyota Sprinter, registration number ABZ 3004, while armed with a wire.

The six appeared yesterday amid a heavy presence of armed police officers.

Mr Bwalya explained that they could not take plea because the charges they are facing could only be tried in the High Court.

The suspects were arrested early this week following continued police investigations into the killings of the two drivers whose bodies were found dumped near a dam in Kaputula area in Kabwe.

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