A 16-YEAR old boy is battling for his life at the Kitwe Teaching Hospital nursing gunshot wounds after Chinese investors running Bolo Mine in Chambishi shot him after they found him collecting firewood close to their mine.
The Chinese nationals then bolted for their compound and locked themselves inside and unleashed dogs on state security who had gone to investigate the shooting.
Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga yesterday told the Daily Nation in an interview that the boy, identified as John Mumba of Kalusale area, had gone to fetch firewood when the Chinese shot him before running away and locking themselves at their premises.
She said after the incident, the Chinese ran to their compound, locked up the gate and doors to their houses but that the police managed to fish them out.
“Following the shooting incident, police made a follow-up and established that he was shot by the Chinese. We went to the company where all of them hid and they were fished out and arrested.
“All the 10 involved in running Bolo Mine were taken to Chambishi police station. Eight were given bond but the other two are still in custody for causing grievous bodily harm (GBH),” she said.
A source present at the time of the arrest of the Chinese said the assailants had had initially released their guard dogs after locking the gate to their premises to prevent anyone from entering the compound and repel the police from going in to arrest the shooter. The source said the arrest was initially temporarily suspended following “a stalemate between the vicious dogs and the police” but that reinforcement was quickly called for and that officers believed to have been from the anti-robbery squad forced their way into the compound and according to eye witnesses, police had to call for reinforcement to gain entry and arrest the suspects.
Ms. Katanga said the bullet lodged from John’s back and tore its way to the front part of the body, and the victim was rushed to Chambishi Government hospital where he was admitted before being referred to Kitwe Teaching Hospital