20 October 2013

Zambia: Lone Gunman Terrorises Kalomo Lodges

A LONE masked robber is on the loose in Kalomo attacking and robbing guests at various lodges, leaving residents in a state of shock.

The lone-man, armed with a pistol attacked guests at three different lodges and in the process raped a woman and stole cash and various personal items.

The bandit, who is still being pursued by police, first broke into Zuli Lodge around 01:00 hours in Magrimond area of Kalomo and threatened a South African national who was booked in one of the rooms with his female companion.

After threatening the couple the masked man raped the woman before getting away with assorted items.

Southern Province Police Chief Charity Katanga said the named female who was raped was aged 30, of a known residential address in Francistown, Botswana.

In another break-in at E and N Lodge around 03.00 hours, a male guest, Aston Shaputu of Libala Township in Lusaka was attacked by what police suspected to be the same armed masked man.

In this incident, the robber used an iron bar and a pistol to scare Mr Shaputu and robbed him of K2,500 cash and got away with a laptop valued at K4,000. Mr Shaputu sustained injuries on his knees during the attack.

Later the same night, the same suspect was reported to have attempted to break into Bulyo Bwangu Lodge but alert security guards raised alarm before he could gain entry to the premises.

Ms Katanga confirmed all the three incidents to ZANIS, saying no arrest had been made but appealed to members of the public to assist with information on the suspect.

And a 20-year-old grade 11 pupil in Luanshya has allegedly killed his father after the two picked up a quarrel at home. Police have since arrested the pupil.

Copperbelt Police Chief, Joyce Kasosa, confirmed the incident, saying the pupil, of house number 280/25, Mpatamatu, caused the death of his father, James Mwelwa, a miner aged 52, after hitting him with a sharp object on the head.

Ms Kasosa said the incident happened on Thursday around 16:00 hours when Mwelwa engaged in a quarrel with his son who later hit him on the head with a bottle.

She said Mwelwa sustained a deep cut in the head which led to severe bleeding resulting in his death.

Ms Kasosa said the suspect is being held at Mpatamato Police Station, while the body of the deceased is lying in Roan General Hospital awaiting post-mortem.

She has since appealed to members of the public to desist from violence as a means of resolving disputes.

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