Woman battles car thieves


A RESIDENT of Lusaka’s Makeni Bonayenture, Faustina Munkonze, last week battled with three criminals who broke into her car and got away with a laptop, which was later recovered after a frantic chase by a mob.

The incident happened at Mango Inn opposite Makeni Ecumenical School between 18:30 hours and 19:00 hours on the eve of Good Friday. Ms Munkonze, 33, was driving home on Makeni road when she realised that she needed to make a transaction and parked the car near one of the mobile money booths.

After she finished making a transaction and turned to head to her car, she saw an intruder coming out of the car with a laptop bag heading to another She then gave chase and caught up with the other car, a Toyota Mark X registration AlD 6551, which was parked before it sped off.

But Ms Munkonze held onto the passenger door while attempting to open it and pull out the laptop bag.

“I didn’t mind whether they had guns and any other weapons they could use to kill,”she said. “But the other guy who was on the driver’s seat reversed the car and hit me with a side mirror and I fell down, hit my head against a big stone and lay closer to the rear tyre. If they had reversed the car further, they could have crashed
my head, but they pulled
forward and drove away.”

Charged with rage after being knocked down, Ms Munkonze pulled herself up, picked a stone and ran after the car before she unleashed the unconventional missile.

The impact of the stone on the car resulted ina ‘mission impossible’ for the criminals.

“Fortunately, I hit the rear windscreen of the car” she said. “The criminals stopped the car. The one who had the laptop came out and ran away. Then the driver and a passenger jumped off and ran away in different directions.”

At this stage, Ms Munkonze called for help and a mob quickly formed and joined in the chase and targeted the one with the laptop bag because they thought the bag contained money and wanted to get it back.

Sensing the danger, the criminal dropped the bag and disappeared in the bushes,” she said. “The people collected the bag and handed it over to me.”

Ms Munkonze last Wednesday followed up the matter at the police to find out the status of investigations.

Police visited the scene and managed to recover two car registration plates bearing the same number and two T-bars for opening small cars and a mobile phone in the car. Investigations so far have revealed that the car was hired from an online car hiring company called Mauya Transport Limited and it was collected by John Phiri on April 1 this year.

The car is parked at Makeni Police Station and investigations into the matter have intensified.

“l am a brave woman. I have been like this since childhood, l am a fighter and I fought like my dad” she said. “He is a fighter and strong man. It is
my first time to counter such.”

The vehicle used by the criminals was found abandoned, and two T-bars used for breaking car locking systems were found inside,” police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said.

He said investigations revealed that the original number plate of the criminals car was AID 655l with a fake number plate BCC 7712 fixed on it.

Picture just for illustration

Credit: Zambia Daily Mail


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