Break through: The Public helps Zambia Police in arresting one of the suspected arsonists

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Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo
Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo

Police in Lusaka have arrested a 32 year old man identified as Mwila Chungu in connection with a failed attempt to set on fire a bus at the intercity bus terminus.

The country has recently experienced a spate of fires mostly involving public property

In a statement released to the media, Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo says incident happened on last evening between 20 and 21:00 hours.

Below is the full statement

We have picked up one person identified as Mwila Chungu ( 32) and we are looking for another person for attempting to set one of the buses ablaze at Intercity bus terminus.

The person who is on the run had set on fire a head sock which he later threw under one of the buses and alert members of the public rushed to the scene and quickly removed it.

The members of the public then turned on Mwila Chungu whom they had also suspected and after searching him they found a similar headsoak in his bag as the one that was thrown under the bus. They then apprehended him and reported the matter to police. All this happened between 2000 hours and 21 00 hours yesterday, 20th April, 2017.

The suspect is currently in police custody. Investigations and a manhunt for the person on the run have been instituted.

We therefore thank the alert members of the public for partinering with the police in promoting public security and safety and for preventing the misfortune from happening and we call upon them to continue being alert in avoiding any eventuality from happening.

MEANWHILE, We have apprehended one person and we are still looking for two others in connection with the stabbing of a minibus conductor at UTH. The suspect who was in the company of two others is believed to have come from Monze and were using a Toyota Corrolla . After a crowd was pushed from High Court by Police officers, part of it went to UTH bus station where the suspect started demanding money from the Victim, the bus conductor Shadreck Njovu. When he told them he had no money one of them stabbed him and rushed to their vehicle to change cloths.

They victimised another person whom they beat up and wanted to burn using a tyre. He was apprehended the same day around 10 00 hours. After searching the motor vehicle, a UPND membership card and UPND Regalia was found.

He has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault with Intent to steal contrary to section 295 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia. A search for the other two has continued.

He is currently undergoing medication at UTH as he fell in a ditch when police were pursuing him and had a dislocation on the leg.

ESTHER MWAATA KATONGO
ZAMBIA POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE

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      PF cadres quickly put those things in his car….

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      mushota f;;;; off don t fan violence you twerp look at the name; if the police talk nicely to this person they will be shocked as to who is behind these fires; don t UPND THIS CRAP AND THAT. WE ARE PEACEFUL. COW.

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      They named Mwila Chungu but can’t name the other person but believe he is from Monze. Does he even exist. Why coming from high court when HH’s case is at another court. Cooked up story ….

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      So where is Mwila Chungu from?…and y’all pingheads say UPND is a tribal party…just a question

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      Clearly Lungu’s motive is to label UPND as violent and find a reason for people to accept his unacceptable behaviour of sending thugs and criminals to harm an innocent man. Please Madam do be used for useless statement. How does one carry a membership card and regila like he was going for a campaign rally. Lungu is using grade 5 tricks to win support. It will not work. Zambians are not dull and know when a person means well or not. These same police have not arrest Zulu to date even with his behaviour in public multiple times

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      This is lungu s scheme to paint UPND black.

      This Mwila Chungu is one of the PF cadres well known in PF circles sent around to cause a lot of anrachy in the name of UPND so that Lungu can accuse UPND.

      Every same Zambian is aware that Lungu and his PF are behind all these arsons.

      These PF guys are being paid to cause a lot chaos in the name of UPND so that Ka lungu can fabricate evidence against HH.

      Well keep pushing it Lungu until UPND says enough accusation lets do it for real.

      UPND has no membership cards. Where did f00l get one

      If it was UPND it would have burnt PF structures not people s things.

      Lies has short legs the truth will soon come out when these thugs dont get what Lungu and Kaiser promised them.

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      What ever PF police says the direct opposite is the truth. I have said this several times before.

      Lies has very short legs the truth will come out and point towards Amos Chanda and Kaiser Zulu.

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      This woman’s phone needs tapping. Esther Mwaata Katongo from Police PR office might be a PF sympathiser. Someone needs to pump sense into her the Ship is capsizing. The captain is disoriontated after the electral fraud that went wrong.

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      Is this statement from Zambia Police seriously? What happened to recruiting senior police officers from university? This Esther Katongo sounds like ta akwete sukulu.

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    We have now forced the Zambian embassy to close in London till further developments. It has been assessed as a risk to have people from all walks of life to protest and instead authorities have asked the shut down of the Zambian embassy. Protests were called because of political persecutions of oppositions going on in Zambia.
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      Well, I certainly have not heard it on the BBC news or any other. Clearly, it would be to protect the staff inside not any sipping with hooligan dissidents threatening Terror attacks in their country.

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    Clearly this is Lungu and his team. Madam police please explain how someone can be carrying a membership card and regila as those he is going to a rally? And why are these the only things found or look for? Lungu is using grade 5 tricks and method to try justify his actions or cling to power. The best Lungu should do is go to court and defend he is the legitmate president. Not run away from the courts or an impartial hearing. True Zambians cannot be misled and know the truth. Either way you cannot run a divided country because half the people doubt you won. You as a leader have to convince the other half through a civilized way that you did win. Not sending thugs and criminals to loot and damage an innocent man’s property. Anyhow time will come and your Lungu will have to answer.

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    Another one for the hangman’s noose! Well done. Those that helped Police Deserve a Citizen Award for Patriotism and helping their fellows.

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    @1 Mushota, that is correct, of course he is a UPNDonkey. Being one of them, he should just be slapped with Treason and sent to Chimbokaila where someone is lonely and needs company.
    By the way Mwila Chungu is not even his real name, we shall know the real name when he speaks to HH.

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    When hh was being arrested mutinta the wife said “Zambia is sitting on a volcano and anytime it will explode and they won’t handle it EOC” what did she mean by this? What I know about volcano is that it discharge heated larva like fire which burns anything. I can easily connect these fires to the volcano mutinta talked about. I will talk to mumbi phiri to signal the cops so that mutinta can be brought to account for her own utterances. She rightly predicted this episode like a prophet. To me this fire thing has been in plan by the upnd way back and I can confidently connect upnd and mutinta to this issue. Police pick mutinta up and make her explain what she meant by volcano.

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    LOOK AT HH, THE FEAR IN HIS EYES CAN TELL THAT HE KNOWS THAT HE IS IN FOR IT. HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE USUAL ARROGANCE IGNORED BY THE POLICE,BUT THIS IS TREASON DULL MAN.WHERE IS FAT ALBERT?FORMER DIFENCE MINISTER KNOWS THE GRAVITY OF THE OFFENCE THAT WHY HE CANT SHOW THE NOSE NEAR THE POLICE

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    THIS MWILA CHUNGU IS NOT THE REAL NAME,JUST WAIT WE WILL SOON BE TOLD THE REAL NAME AFTER THE TREATMENT AND PEOPLE BEHIND IT WILL BE EXPOSSED

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      YOU ARE COLLECT.
      NO RIGHT THINKING MWILA CHUNGU CAN BEHAVE LIKE THAT.
      POLICE,TORTURE THAT BOY.HE WILL DISCLOSE IS REAL NAME.

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    I really find this kind of reporting by the police to be misplaced and lacking a clear agenda. To some extent, the same may insight violence. what the police have are mare suspects and it wouldn’t help to label / paint them black before concluding investigations. if someone has a head-sock similar to the one that was burning, is it evidence enough to arrest the person? these head-socks are sold by Zimbabwean women and are usually the same. (One swallow does not bring summer – English proverb)

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    You can f00l some people sometime but you can’t f00l all the people all the time. So obvious planting things to then blame your opponents

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    Be professional for once and arrest Lungu for gross misconduct and making the masses suffer for his incompetence!

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