Criminals attack, kill driver in Chalala

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THE body of a Yango driver in Lusaka’s Chalala area has been retrieved by police with all indications pointing to murder.

24-year-old Michael Mulenga, was found lifeless near Two Sisters Complex on Given Lubinda Road.

Concerned citizens alerted police around 6:30 hours leading them to the scene where Mulenga’s body lay mere meters away from his beige Toyota VVTI.

Further investigation revealed signs of foul play, with bruises on the neck suggesting strangulation and a cloth recovered from the driver’s seat.

The crime scene painted a grim picture – a vehicle stripped of its battery, mirrors, radio, and radiator, hinting at robbery as a possible motive.

“He (Mulenga) was found wearing a green T-shirt and grey trousers. Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that he is believed to have been strangled with a cloth as he had bruises on the neck while the cloth was found at the driver’s seat.

Adding to the mystery, two women’s handbags were found alongside the driver’s license, raising questions about potential accomplices or witnesses.

Mulenga’s body has been transferred to the University Teaching Hospital for post-mortem examination, while detectives delve deeper into the circumstances surrounding his untimely demise.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said an an inquiry file has been opened.

This incident casts a dark cloud over the safety of both drivers and passengers who rely on ride-hailing services in Lusaka as similar cases have happened before with hailing companies promising to boost their security for safety purposes.

By Buumba Mwitumwa

Kalemba February 14, 2024

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