Residents of Buchi Compound in Kitwe have rioted and blocked the Kitwe-Chingola Dual Carriage Way. This is after a Police officer gunned down a youth who works at one of the car-washes along Kazembe road.
The Irate Buchi residents on went on rampage burning tyres on Kazembe road and the Kitwe-Chingola Dual Carriageway. The protest led to the closure of the dual carriage way, causing dozens of vehicles going to North Western Province to be stranded on either side of the road.
For over two hours, the Buchi Residents threw stones at Police officers who were in the area to clear the road. At some point, Police officers were overwhelmed by the stone throwers and discharged teargas canisters as they withdrew.
Police reinforcements from Riverside, Ganerton and Kitwe Central Police Stations helped to quell the unruly crowd which was mainly composed of youths. Kazembe road links Buchi, Kamitondo, Kwacha and Bulangililo Compounds to the Kitwe-Chingola dual carriage way.
After a two-hour battle, Police officers managed to clear the rioters and traffic has normalized on both the Kitwe-Chingola Dual Carriage Way and Kazembe road.
Copperbelt Police Chief Charity Katanga says the incident happened when a police Officer who accompanied officers from Nkana Water and Sewerage Company shot one of the clients.
Mrs. Katanga however said she had no further details of the incident.
Meanwhile, Police in Kitwe on the Copperbelt province are holding 19 men for allegedly stealing 32bags of copper concentrate weighing 32000Kg which was destined for Chambeshi copper mine(CCS) smelter from Democratic Republic of Congo.(DRC)
Copperbelt province Police Commissioner Charity Katanga says the truck was intercepted after the bags were being offloaded and replaced with same weight of black soil.
She disclosed that the incident happened on Sunday evening around 21:30hours at Markov mining plant which belongs to Shawi Faeazi situated along the Chingola-Kalulushi road.
Ms. Katanga said police managed to apprehend 19 suspects from the group including one master -minder who are in detention at Kalulushi and Kitwe central police stations respectively.
She said police received a tip off from members of the public as well as from the owners of cargo who managed to track the diverted truck via the global position point (GPP)
The Copperbelt police Chief confirmed the development in a press statement issued to ZANIS in Ndola today.