25 February 2013

Zambia: Cab Driver Narrates How He Was Attacked

A KAPIRI Mposhi taxi driver narrated before Kabwe High Court Judge, Elita Mwikisa how bandits who hijacked him attempted to strangle him using a wire.

Chali Mulenga, 26, who was also stabbed in the ribs and near his right breast recounted before Judge Mwikisa how two passengers attacked him.

This is in a case in which Anthony Mulenga is facing one count of aggravated robbery.

Mr Mulenga told the court that on October 13, last year, two people hired him from Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) station in Kapiri Mposhi around 13:00 hours.

The two said they were going to a place called Kabwalya around.

One of the men sat in the front passenger seat while the other one sat right behind the driver's seat.

On the way, they two told him to stop at the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) depot within Kapiri-Mposhi where they said they wanted to collect cement.

Mr Mulenga said he was surprised that the two did not collect the cement despite leaving the vehicle briefly.

He said they proceeded with the trip and when they reached a nearby bush, the man who was seated behind asked the driver to stop the vehicle claiming that he wanted to answer the call of nature.

He said it was then that he saw the wire that the other assailant was carrying and realised that he was under attack.

Mr Mulenga said he attempted to open the door so that he could get out of the car but the man who sat in front pulled him back.

He said he managed to come out of the car but one of the other assailant also came out and pinned him to the ground.

He said while on the ground, he was stabbed with a knife in the ribs.

He said he wrestled with the two before managing to escape, leaving them with the T-shirt he wore which at the time was torn.

He later sought help from people at a nearby village who escorted him to the place where he was attacked.

When they reached the place he found that the two had fled with the car, but the knife which was used in the act was found at the scene.

Mr Mulenga said when they searched the area he found the taxi abandoned a few metres away .

The battery had been removed and car keys were missing.

Mr Mulenga said one of the hijackers was caught by the people from the nearby village and was taken to the car.

He said the accused pleaded for mercy and promised to disclose the whereabouts of his colleague. Trial continues.

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