14 February 2013

Zambia: Morgue Attendant Loots Chibombo Crash Victims

Photo: Capital FM

A MORTUARY attendant at Liteta Hospital suddenly boosted his buying power after he allegedly looted cash amounting to more than KR7,000 from victims of last Thursday's Chibombo tragic accident which claimed more than 50 lives.

The man is reported to have gone on a shopping spree buying household goods ranging from electrical items to fancy clothes.

Police have arrested the attendant whose name has been withheld.

The suspect has since been moved from Chibombo to Kabwe Police for further investigations.

He is alleged to have discovered the cash some of which was strapped on women's bodies and could have been meant for purchases of goods for resale.

The man is alleged to have bought, among other items, a Digital Satellite Television (DSTV) decoder, deep freezer and an assortment of clothes for his wife using the same cash.

Central Province police chief Standwell Lungu and provincial medical officer Dickson Suya confirmed the arrest of the mortuary attendant in separate interviews yesterday.

"I can confirm that we have picked a mortuary attendant at Liteta Hospital to assist with investigations over the looting of the money from people who died from the accident. All of a sudden this man had money to shop around," Mr Lungu said.

On Thursday last week, more than 50 people died in Chibombo on Great North Road when a Lusaka-bound Post Bus collided with a truck.

Some family members of the Post Bus accident victims have accused members of the public and police of ransacking bodies and looting money and other valuables at the accident scene.

Some survivors and family members said money and luggage had been lost in the accident.

On Tuesday, Inspector General of Police Stella Libongani expressed her disappointment over the reports of looting and warned that if police officers were involved, they would face stern disciplinary action.

Meanwhile, police intercepted three copper thieves who attempted to get away with the merchandise that they had stolen at gun point in Kapiri-Mposhi.

Mr Lungu said three men armed with a pistol and a knife stopped the driver of the truck, assaulted him and his passengers and ordered him to surrender the keys before speeding away.

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