7 February 2013

Zambia: Kabwe Taxi Driver Shot Over Girlfriend

A TAXI driver in Kabwe is battling for his life in hospital after he was shot twice on suspicion that he was flirting with another man's girlfriend.

At the time of the shooting, the woman in question was with the taxi driver when a man, who was accompanied by another, ordered that they open the windows of the car they were in before opening fire.

He shot the driver twice on the back of his neck and shoulder.

Central Province Deputy Commissioner of Police Andrew Mbewe said the incident happened around 19:00 hours in Highridge residential area.

Mr Mbewe said the name of the 24-year-old driver had for now been withheld, while police were trying to establish the ownership of the gun.

Police are holding two people in connection with the shooting.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the two suspects followed the victim to the area where he was dropping off the woman.

"We are holding two people to assist with investigations over the shooting and wounding of a taxi driver and we want to get to the root of it," he said.

He said hospital authorities had managed to remove the bullets from the victim who was recovering though still in pain.

In another incident, police have launched a manhunt for a suspect alleged to have set ablaze a house belonging to his former wife in Kapiri Mposhi.

Mr Mbewe said the incident in which household goods were gutted to ashes happened at Kawale village.

Meanwhile, police are looking for a man who is alleged to have defiled a six-year-old girl in Kapiri Mposhi while another girl, 14, has been defiled by an 18-year-old boy in Kabwe.

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