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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

President Lungu warns criminals gassing households, puts a K250,000 bounty on their heads

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President Edgar Lungu has warned criminals going around gassing people’s homes that their days were numbered.

President Lungu has since announced a K250,000 bounty on information leading to the arrest of the suspected criminals.

President Lungu said this when he arrived at Ndola’s Simon Mwansa International Airport on Thursday.

“I am warning those behind the gassing of innocent citizens in selected parts of the Country that their days are numbered. Whatever your motivation, we are closing in on you. We will find you and you will pay for your criminal activities,” President Lungu warned.

“To all those daring me as President, you will have yourselves to blame when I act and no one will speak for you. You cannot injure society and expect to go free.”

“Let me restate that there is K250,000 cash to anyone with any information on people behind this menace,” he stressed.

“Lastly, I want all citizens to be assured that I will do everything it takes to protect you as that is my number one responsibility.”

Meanwhile, Police have confirmed that unknown people broke into MTN Zambia Head Office and attempted to set it on fire.

“Police received information today 13th February 2020 from MTN security on behalf of MTN on Zambezi Road in Roma Township that unknown people walked in the Finance Department and poured on the floors unknown substance smelling like petrol in the pool office,” a statement from Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo read.

“This occurred between 12th February 2020 at 2300 hours and 13th February 2020 at 0100 hours at MTN HQ. Police visited the scene of the crime and found two by five liters blue empty containers, two plastics containing yellowish liquid smelling like petrol and a Black backpack.”

Mrs. Katongo said the yellowish liquid was also spotted on the floors and a docket has been opened.

MTN also confirmed the incident in a public statement.

“This serves to inform the general public that there was a break-in at the MTN Zambia Headquarters building on Zambezi Road in Foxdale, Lusaka at about midnight on 13th February 2020. Operations have not been affected and no material damage has been done.”

“Investigations are being undertaken by law enforcement agencies and MTN Zambia management are taking extra security measures on the premises.”

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47 COMMENTS

  1. It’s not the army’s job to do this work. I believe the police are up to the task. They were under LPM whn they were even fewer. We hv a peacetime army. Let’s use it intelligently to do certain things such as building bridges, extending the electricity grid, building schools etc. This type of work is within the capability of our military. It’s loyal and professional.

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  2. I have been sat in meetings since yesterday until the early hours of today. The president is very furious and taken aback by this. We continue to receive sensitive intelligence on suspects and there is a lot we know. I would say to those involved, we know who maybe funding you and your days are numbered. We know the political element in this sad and evil act. You cannot be this desperate for power. Kz

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    • Lungu has failed, the chap is just a useless [email protected], just like his useless thieving baboons in the worst parliament we have ever had,Scatter teeth is the worst president wanna be on earth

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  3. I have had to cancel my weekend in samfya due to this. I will be working all weekend. To all my friends in samfya I apologise but national duty comes first. Kz

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    • Comment: You talk like you’re running a zoo. This is a country for Christy’s sake! Unless you know something we don’t, you are all supposed to put whatever issues aside and deal with this monster once and for all. Unacceptable! K250, 000 bounty is not the answer. I believe you have not done nearly anything to arrest the situation. Until you have exhausted all investigative channels can you resort to a bounty!

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  4. KZ

    Stop trying to have 2021 elections cancelled , we know you and kapoyongo were behind the mysterious fires that rocked the country and suddenly stoped.

    Now you are at it again ???

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  5. I hold you , I am usually right.

    I see 2021 elections being cancelled or some opposition being jailed.

    What you have to tell us is why are there no charges on the people you have arrested and how can this lawlessness be happening where you have armies of PF cader thugs ???? CB and Lusaka ?

    Every street corner is controlled by PF cader thugs and you want to tell us you don’t know who is doing this ????

    KZ and kapoyongo , you know what I am talking about

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  6. Southern province be on your guard.

    Now we are asking PF why is this unrest only happening in areas where they have full of cader thugs and nothing goes unnoticed , they might now try to show it is a country wide thing.

    The police were mostly watching as they do when the PF thugs are acting.

    In Lusaka and chingola where this is happening , nothing goes on without the PF thugs and police node . This is the case.

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  7. I’M SURE THIS [email protected] N0NSENSE IS THE HANDIWORK OF J0NA WA BANTU & TUMPYONGO!
    These Bandits are NOT daft, they have ran out of cash to bribe the whole of Zambia & realise it will be a miracle for them win 2021, especially with [email protected] wa BANTU on the Ballot.
    They want to declare a state of emergency, so they can rule illegally & indefinitely, so as enjoy Plunder, vi0lence & “do as I say JuJu”.
    THE GAME IS UP FOR YOU [email protected] & YOUR LITTLE P.F THIEVING DEM0NS, SO JUST START PACKING YOUR KATUNDU, & PREPARE FOR SUNNY DAYS IN HIIMB0KAILA CORRECTIONAL FACILITY!

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  8. Zambia citizen

    It is PF caders desperate for power, why is it happening in areas they controll ?

    Those are area where no opposition can walk freely.

    You know who is doing this amogest yourselves.

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  9. PF are behind this thing no opposition party can manage to do this because the police are on the side of PF always some people in PF are behind this thing happening only in PF strongholds.

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  10. This story of gassing in the country is perplexing indeed.The head of state has issued statement it shows how serious it becomes.This is terrorism in the country.
    Anyway let’s see how the whole matter end.

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  11. BANKATENKA,WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM WHEN OUR ECONOMY IS ERRING? BWALYA NG’ANDU EVEN SPOKE ABOUT IT THE OTHER DAY.AND HERE IS A CAUTION AT HAND A HUNGRY AND ANGRY MAN IS MORE DANGEROUS. IT IS CZ THEY IS ALOT UNEMPLOYMENT.THEY ARE THINGS U HAVE NOT DONE RIGHTLY AS PF. ALL THE BLAME GOES TO U CZ U HAVE FAILED US. U ARE EVEN MAKING CITIZEN TO BE PAYING FOR YOUR LUXURIOUS LIVES U ARE LIVING WITH YOUR FRIENDS BENE KZ ETC. U,GET CASH FOR YOUR PERSONAL GAIN AND MAKE US ZAMBIANS PAY FOR YOUR LUXURY LIVES WITH YOUR COLLEAGUES AND BOSS U HAVE EVEN KILLED THE ESSENCE DEMOCRACY THROUGH YOUR OWN DICTATORSHIP TENDENCIES. LOOK,FOR U THEY IS NO EXCUSE U KNOW THE LAW AND WHEN U LEAVE OFFICE WHAT KIND OF LEGACY ARE U GOING TO LEAVE? U HAVE BUILT YOUR OWN PROPERTIES OF WHICH ALL ZAMBIANS KNOW. I…

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  12. PERSONALLY I KNOW U TO HAVE BEEN A GOOD MAN. BUT,THIS WHAT IS HAPPENING OR MANIFESTING IS NEW TO MY OWN UNDERSTANDING. I WISH U HAD CONTINUED TO BE AS HUMBLE AS U WERE NOT THIS ARROGANCE .

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  13. One thing that amaze me about this country is we do not ask questions, I now understand why that secretary general was saying that the people they will hold on to for votes are bus conductors, bus drivers, marketeers, street vendors etc , according to him he said they do not ask questions, they just go and vote, unlike those aba chisungu who will will ask about threshold,fiscal discipline etc.

  14. Hehehehe…….wonders never cease in this country! A K250,000 is on offer for anyone who will expose the perpetrators of these gassing attacks but KZ above is telling us that “they know a lot”, they ‘ve got the intelligence about who is behind these attacks.

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  15. With high poverty levels , a 250 KILOS bounty could lead to wild west scenario, which judas escariot wouldnt want to get of those 30 pieces of silver?

  16. PF caders are hired thugs and paid killers for PF goverment.
    There’s a video making rounds to prove my statement, a video of a PF cader (KAPONYA) showing off K200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Kwacha cash in bundles) and boasting that there’s more the way…
    What kind of job does a kaponya do for PF for him to earn more than Two Hundred Thousand Kwacha ??

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  17. PF caders are hired thugs and paid killers for PF goverment.
    There’s a video making rounds to prove my statement, a video of a PF cader (KAPONYA) showing off K200, 000 (Two Hundred Thousand Kwacha cash in bundles) and boasting that there’s more on the way…
    What kind of job does a kaponya do for PF for him to earn more than Two Hundred Thousand Kwacha ??

  18. It is common knowledge and we warned about this that towards the 2021 elections Testosterone will rise to un precedented levels in some quarters of the opposition political parties. And this is just but one of the many offshoots of high levels in testosterone. We are confident, however that the able Govt. of His Excellency the president of this great nation will use the state machinery at his disposal together with the will of the majority of genuine citizenry to crash this criminality emanating from the devilish minds. By the way what does Hichilema say about this criminality? Just asking!! Would he (HH) be interested in ruling frightened and gassed citizens?

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  19. there’s no evidence of ritual killings/ or chemical whatever in Zambia.. that’s been the narrative, so now that’s changed
    airport tarmac statements are a joke. this’ been happening for a while, why did he wait until he’s at the airport to comment? what sort of a pre siden’t is this guy?
    he doesn’t think things through, no plan, no consultation with the police investigation teams, undermining their efforts in public like this. he thinks that’s what it takes to be pre sident, you can say whatever you personally think on matters pertaining to the whole country

  20. Intentions ad motive to arrest the situation quickly noticed from his excellence Edgar Changwa Lungu but the amount could be lower to K 50 pin and only payable at arrest and prosecution to avoid self styled motivated acts towards the K 250,000.I could be also effective if the K 250,000 was spent on the police to upscale public order The cases of self styled and managed gassing could increase with such amounts

    The motive is know its simply to have a reference case on which politicians can speak and pain a failed state because as it is now the road to 2021 is a difficult case for certain political parties and those in the last fight and we are yet to see those unz…

  21. political scientists tactics to effect political scenarios on Zambia that will hope to have an agenda on which to de campaign

    so that K250,000 must be reduced to K50 pin and the largest amount made available for the police to do public order as normal and make it part of society It because burdensome with 1000 cases being reported and claimed Sometimes seeing the picture not to be painted as authoritative or being heavy to avoid sending the army into compound will be a plus to avoid being said its no longer a civil country The intentions is correct but raising the security bar higher than the core will be minus also

  22. “It’s time to care; it’s time to take responsibility; it’s time to lead; it’s time for a change; it’s time to be true to your self; it’s time to stop blaming others.”

  23. That’s close $17,000 USD, a sober minded individual would use that to buy radio comms for our police officers but this incompetent moron is there in State House thinking about nothing in his head.

  24. Mr President ,the people arrested by police already have credible information,use the same money to ask them who is sending them.why are we even looking far?

  25. He is not incompetent he is working at solutions to tuckle the current challenges The police with the roads and opening up of mang townships have been somehow outstretch so he is thinking about the smart city and and way of policing lusaka and other Zambian cities and compounds that have come with the challenges of opening ups with new roads that have created alternative and easier navigation’s around the city corners The police cannot be anywhere at anytime and mounting road blocks on main roads with many connecting roads have come with challenges May be that is why the army have been called to increase the foot patrols

    Like it is in namibia smart solutions could be with cameras…

  26. fast track patrols and control centers in real time Radios with mobile phones could be secondary but modern smart way of policing lusaka will be a plus for any establishment of policemen

    Lusaka is open and will come with its own challenges and opportunities like Joburg

  27. This presidential decree for a bounty against Gasser’s only says one thing about our police, they are redundant. the entire police service failing to come up with a solution after all this period of people under attack is very unprecedented, it shows reactivity instead of pro-activity which is a very bad scenario in today’s advanced system of policing experienced by other countries, the command should pull up their socks with the same aggressiveness they approach political issues please we can not allow an issue of this magnitude to go on for ever.

  28. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu said: “No Zambian will remove him from office in 2021.”
    Now, that’s a loaded statement. I have been trying to get the meaning in this statement but can’t come up with one conclusion.
    In Bemba, they say “Chimbwi pa kulila ninshi naishiba uko ashintilishe amatako.” I wish someone can help to translate this into English. The only possibility that comes to my mind is: The Intelligence has tipped him he can’t win a normal election. Now, because of greed to retain power in case Bill 10 flops, he has cadres he can unleash to create chaos and sneak in a State of Emergency and cancel 2021 elections!

  29. Good move to put a bouty but don’t we have a shushu team who can find these criminals with morden technology? Send undercover to flash them out and make an example of them. The police need to take firm action on these criminals.

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  30. I have a suggestion since this issue has gone into schools where there are young children I recommend much serious security is deployed to such areas with no delay you will find the culprits but the young are the future when they are targeted you do all you can to protect them and that is what the government should be looking to do as a matter of agency.

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