A COUPLE in Lusaka's Mtendere Township has been left in tears after failing to recover their three-week-old baby who was snatched in broad day light by a teenage girl more than two weeks ago.
The incident happened on July 27, 2013 when the couple went to sell at Mtendere Market when the mother decided to put the baby who was asleep on a mat under her stand.
According to the baby's father Peter Bizimana 45, a young lady who sat near the sleeping baby took her, while the mother was looking for change.
Efforts to find the baby have been made without success and the couple has now resorted to prayers.
Acting police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed the incident and indentified the baby as Daniel, whose parents are originally from Rwanda.
"We received the report of a stolen baby in Mtendere and we have since launched investigations to find out how the baby got lost and whereabouts," he said.
Narrating the ordeal, Mr Bizimana said on the material day, the teenage girl appeared near his wife's makeshift stand at Mtendere Market early in the morning soon after the couple had arrived for the routine business.
Mr Bizimana said the girl hang around the stand for over an hour before she asked her what she was looking for near their selling place.
"My wife asked the girl what she wanted and she said she was waiting for someone," he explained.
He said when his wife came back from looking for change, she found the stranger had disappeared with her baby.
"Everything happened in a flash and we think it was something that was planned," added Mr Bizimana.
He said upon inquiring from fellow marketeers in the market, the couple was told that a young lady had moved out of the market with a baby wrapped in a Chitenge material.
His wife Anastasia, 36, is stressed that she could hardly manage to talk to Sunday Times and the only hope now remained in the prayers where the couple is allegedly being told that their baby was still alive.