A LUSAKA-BASED road contractor was on Wednesday night left thunderstruck when a lone gunman stormed his room at a lodge in Mkushi and snatched K30, 000 cash and more money in foreign currency.
Central Province Police chief Standwell Lungu, who confirmed this yesterday, said John Chiwala Banda was held hostage for about an hour by the attacker who threatened to kill him as he demanded money.
The bandit was armed with a pistol and fled immediately after the incident at a lodge on Great North Road.
Mr Lungu said the incident happened around 23:00 hours and that the robber got away with K30, 000 cash, 500 South African rand, and 350 Botswana pula.
He said the Police would not leave any stone unturned in their investigations considering that Mr Banda was in transit and just booked the room.
‘‘We will record statements from workers at the lodge to establish the truth behind the matter. Mr Banda had just booked a room as he was in transit,’’ Mr Lungu said.
In another development, investigations into an attack on a Kabwe business executive and his wife who were robbed of more than K3, 000 cash and other personal belongings have advanced.
The incident occurred on Jameson Street on Monday this week as the business executive was entering his yard.
Mr Lungu said five criminals, who were hiding, confronted Patel Hussein and forced themselves into his yard.
The criminals, who were armed with two pistols, a knife and a crowbar, forced Mr Hussein into the house where they demanded to be given money.
They later tied Mr Hussein together with his wife and went away with K3, 500, two cellular phones and jewelry valued at K5, 000.
Meanwhile, a taxi driver of Luanshya was on Wednesday robbed of his motor vehicle after criminals sprayed hot chilli on his face.
Simon Simukonda of 3102 Mikomfwa Township was attacked by two men, who snatched his Toyota Corolla, registration number ALM 8424.
Acting Copperbelt Police chief Joyce Kasosa said Mr Simukonda was booked by two men from Luanshya to Kamfinsa State Prison.
When they reached their destination, the suspected criminals ordered Mr Simukonda out of the vehicle and threw hot chilli on his face before speeding off with his vehicle.
“We have an incident of aggravated robbery where a taxi driver had his vehicle stolen after two men who booked him from Luanshya to Kamfinsa State Prison threw hot chilli on his face,” she said.
Ms Kasosa said no arrest had been made and that the vehicle had not been recovered.
In another incident, a two-year-old girl has been defiled by a 15-year-old boy.
Ms Kasosa said the girl of Ndeke Township, was defiled by the boy who is her cousin and of the same address.
The incident happened on Tuesday between 13:00 hours and 18:00 hours and was reported to the Police by the girl’s mother.
[Times of Zambia]