Villagers loot fuel from an overturned tanker at Kapili-ngozi in Chirundu District

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Villagers surrounding the infamous Kapilingozi area along the Chirundu – Lusaka road rushed to loot crude oil from a tanker of a Zimbwebwean transport, Quest Com Logistics, which overturned along the highway.

The villagers mostly young men rushed to help themselves with the fuel as the traumatised truck driver Victor Masukene watched haplessly.

A ZANIS crew which rushed to the area found the villagers busy help themselves with the fuel from the tanker despite the risk of the vehicle going up in flames as it was hot in the area.

Solomon Mungosa , one of the villagers found at the scene said he and his colleagues rushed to loot the fuel after the truck over turned.

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo phone went unanswered by broadcast time for comment.

However, Masukene, who escaped the accident unhurt confirmed the accident saying he was coming from transporting the fuel from his country to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Masukene said he was trying to avoid a truck which was on the other side of the road which was trying to reverse and he stopped but as he tried to stop his brakes failed to hold and his truck started slipping and later overturned.

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  1. But then, if driver was ‘coming from delivering’ fuel from his country to the DRC, the Tanker should have been EMPTY hence, nothing to “loot” by surrounding villagers….

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    • I’m still puzzle how “he was coming from transporting the fuel from his country to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).”

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  2. Zambians are sleeping indeed no wonder commercial aircraft en-route to Harare for fuel top up before coming to Lusaka…DRC is buying fuel all the way from Zim by passing Indeni – something is wrong here.

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  3. However, Masukene, who escaped the accident unhurt confirmed the accident saying he was coming from transporting the fuel from his country to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Am confused, above are the words of the truck driver and this is the stroy by some journalist ” Villagers surrounding the infamous Kapilingozi area along the Chirundu – Lusaka road rushed to loot crude oil from a tanker of a Zimbwebwean transport, Quest Com Logistics, which overturned along the highway”, which is which

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  4. One wonders when Zambians shall ever learn!! These tankers can explode any time and we have had such incidences resulting in loss of lives!! Why didn’t the police arrest these thieves? And then the author has also confused people..this CANNOT BE CRUDE OIL, as DRC cannot import crude as they have no refinery and then …more confusion on where the truck was going or coming from!!

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  5. As a person who has lived in Nigeria for 6 years I can only warn my relatives that if you see any such truck in an accident run as far away as possible. Even if you are a ZANIS reporter don’t go to witness the looting. Wait until they have finished looting. It takes only one careless looter to light a match and everyone within the vicinity will be in RIP mode. So many have died in Nigeria despite warnings because people don’t think they are risking their lives until it is too late.

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  6. “However, Masukene, who escaped the accident unhurt confirmed the accident saying he was coming from transporting the fuel from his country to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).” This statement is not correct. It should read: the truck was coming from Zimbabwe enroute to DR Congo where the driver was destined to transport fuel”…….Please check teh facts to avoid embarrassing ourselves.

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