SUSPECTED PF carders yesterday beat up a couple of Garden House Sau ma plot compound in Lusaka after they defied a warning to stop making noise when praying.
According to an eye witness identified as Bwalya Mutale, the couple had a week ago been warned by carders to stop making noise when praying. This was after neighbors complained to the carders that the couple were in the habit of praying too loud early in the morning and at night.
“So, it’s like this family never stopped making noise early in the morning. So, the carders were called again to intervene. When they came yesterday (Friday), they beat up both the husband and wife. The husband even bled. After beating them, they were even made to pay K20 …I don’t know what that K20 was for,” Mutale narrated.
The Church Newspaper failed to talk to the victims as both were reportedly out of their residency by press time. But a source at Plain View police post which is the nearest to Garden House Sau maplot stated that the assault case had not been reported there.
Garden House Sau ma plot is situated along Mumbwa road, opposite Chisomo Hospital and near Chabota School. The place has no police post, clinic or government school. With the nearest police post— Plane View police station being slightly over 7 kilometers away, PF carders and their chairman are largely ‘in charge’ of the compound. Investigations by The Church newspaper revealed that PF carders are so powerful in the area that they have started erecting ‘toll gates’ and motorists are charged K5 to use the roads within the compound.
Interestingly, PF carders and their branch chairmen also involve themselves in the community’s social and family setups— beating up men who abuse their wives or those who fail to provide for their families. In that part of Lusaka, even bereaved families are not spared from the wrath of PF carders. Mourning families who fail to set aside nshima for PF carders are badly beaten up.