RESIDENTS at Lusaka’s Middle West area this morning burnt down a Toyota Corolla after suspecting its occupants to be behind the alleged gassing in the area.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo in a statement said the angry mob descended on the victims today around 02:00 hours and in the process burnt down the same vehicle which the victims used.

Katongo said the driver of the same vehicle managed to escape.

Katongo further revealed that another Corolla which was booked from Matero was also damaged by the same mob and had its front and rear windscreen damaged.

Meanwhile, a 34 year old man identified as Wilson Shiyachele of Mumbwa was beaten by a mob on similar suspicions and sustained deep cuts in the head and a swollen face.

Katongo said victim who was attacked today around 01:30 hours was rescued by a joint patrol team of police officers and neighbourhood watch members and was rushed to Hospital.

And Katongo has also dismissed information circulating that nine people have died in Lusaka as a result of gassing.

She appealed to members of the public to surrender to police any suspected criminal whom they apprehend.

And Katongo said the police command has placed under watch all places where gassing incidents have been reported and have further increased on the number of police officers deployed in such areas.



  1. The ones to blame are police who are not disclosing the happenings and yet people are all concerned with the gassing but no arrests. We have all these gasing now everywhere. Here in Solwezi another family is in the hospital due to gassing.
    Qns lies in this issue is that citizens have taken the game in their own hands because the police are not helping and instead, citizens have discovered that police are failing to curb this vice.


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