GOVERNMENT and the Kabwe Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) have called for the arrest of perpetrators of crime in Kabwe and feared that if not controlled, the increasing crime levels have the potential of scaring away investors.
Acting Central Province Permanent Secretary Ronald Sinyangwe and KCCI president Sydney Tembo said in separate interviews that there was need to urgently curb the rampant criminal activities that were slowly becoming rampant in Kabwe.
Mr Sinyangwe and Mr Tembo were reacting to Monday’s attack in which five masked men armed with axes and two firearms staged a morning robbery snatching over K200,000 and assaulting a shop owner.
The bandits held a shop owner and his customers hostage after storming BM Distributors around 08:30 hours, demanding to be given money.
They arrived at the shop, which is opposite the civic centre, in an unregistered Toyota Spacio and immediately ordered everyone to lie on the floor and told shop owner Satish Patel to hand over the money.
Mr Sinyangwe directed the police to step up security and ensure perpetrators of such crimes are brought to book.
He said if not stopped, such crime could scare potential investors considering that most investors want to put money in safe and secure business environment.
Mr Tembo has regretted the continued thefts targeting the business community, saying the incidences were tarnishing the status of Kabwe and the province as a haven for criminals.
“While as a chamber we are working hard to market Kabwe, some criminals are frustrating our efforts and it is our hope that the police should provide security and make kabwe a peaceful place in which businesses can be conducted, “he said.
In December last year Kabwe was thrown into another turmoil when four armed men staged a daylight robbery at Big Bite bus station in which they got away with K100,000 cash.
The masked men armed with two shotguns and an axe caused panic as they fired in the air, and sent onlookers and a police officer on foot patrol scampering for safety.
Other robberies staged in Kabwe recently include the breaking into Western Union offices as well as from Lukanga stores, among others in the central business district.
Times of Zambia