THE Zambian High Commission in the United Kingdom (UK) is investigating the authenticity of an online story about a 16-year-old upcoming Zambian footballer who has been killed in that country.
UK’s Metro News, an online newspaper, on Saturday reported that Joshua Bwalya was stabbed to death in London in the latest case of postcode gang wars in that country.
Joshua was chased through the streets of Barking on Tuesday night and stabbed to death in an attack police described as brutal.
Joshua’s family said he was a victim of ‘crazy postcode’ wars and had been targeted by a gang from another estate from the one he lived in with his Zambian parents.
According to the publication, one of his four sisters told the Evening Standard: ‘He was just on the wrong place in the wrong time, a victim of a postcode war.
“It was because of where he was from, not who he was, they were just after anyone. It’s shocking how innocent people are dragged into this.
“He was a beautiful boy with his life ahead of him and now our family has been ripped apart,” the family members were quoted.
The Scotland Yard police are investigating the alleged murder of Joshua in Barking.
And a post-mortem found multiple stab wounds on Joshua’s body and they were the cause of death.
Scotland Yard detective chief inspector Gary Holmes branded the killing ‘a senseless act of violence’.
“I urge anyone who has information that can help our investigation to come forward and help us to bring Joshua’s murderers to justice,” Mr Holmes said.
Joshua was preparing to start studying business at college and had played for Barking FC, which is planning to hold a memorial match.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said in an interview yesterday that he will update the nation as soon as he receives a report.
He also urged Zambians living abroad to alert Zambian missions in their respective countries whenever they encounter misfortunes.
“Zambians living in other countries should always find time to visit embassies and missions abroad to alert them on happenings regarding their fellow Zambians,” Mr Kalaba said.