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Chirundu ex-chiefs hacked, robbed – they hit and hacked former Chief Sikoongo in the head, took his vehicle and gun


LILIAN CHIKANDI writes

FORMER Chief Sikoongo, Penius Chilimbwa of Chirundu in Lusaka Province and his wife Rosemary Mugari were in the early hours of Thursday brutally attacked and seriously injured by bandits who got away with his motor vehicle and a gun.

Suspected thieves attacked the 78-year-old Mr Chilimbwa and Ms Mugari, 69, whom they hit and hacked with an iron bar and other weapons at their house in Sikoongo Ward around 01:00 hours.

The bandits tied the hands of the former chief and his wife, hit them in their heads with an iron bar and left them in a pool of blood.

Chirundu District Commissioner Alfred Hamunjo told the Sun that the couple is admitted to Mtendere Mission Hospital with serious injuries.

Mr Hamunjo said Mr Chilimbwa suffered a fractured skull and was likely to be evacuated to the University Teaching Hospital for specialist treatment while his wife’s condition is stable but she was still under observation.

He said the thieves got away with Mr Chilimbwa’s vehicle, a gun and two cell phones.

Mr Hamunjo said to corner the thieves, officers from Chirundu Zambia police station have alerted their counterparts in Gwembe and Monze districts because it is believed that they are believed to have used Bottom Road.

Mr Hamunjo warned the suspected bandits that their days were numbered.

A senior resident of Sikoongo Village, Dickson Kalumanda, says many villagers are dismayed and frightened over the gruesome attack on the former chief.

Mr Kalumanda appealed to the police to intensify patrols at night even in rural areas.

Another resident of Gabon Township, Akakulubelwa Akakulubelwa, bemoaned the resurfacing of the thieves in residential areas despite the intensive clean-up exercise that was conducted by the police recently.

Mr Akakulubelwa said everyday people were complaining that thieves had stolen their phones and barrels used for storing water.

He appealed to the police to consider shooting one thief to deter others.

About three weeks ago violence erupted in Chirundu, a border town, between subjects of chiefs Chipepo and Sikoongo over the burial of a man of the latter’s chiefdom in the former’s area.

One person was killed in the fracas. 

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