Looters get one for the road!

Members of the public help themselves to bottles of beer after a truck dropped some of the alcohol on Lusaka’s Lumumba Road yesterday. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

SCORES of people yesterday helped themselves to free alcohol as they looted 384 crates of Mosi beer worth over K45,000 when a Mercedes Benz truck registration number ABJ 3566 belonging to Red Sea dropped some bottles on Lumumba Road in Lusaka.
Gift Nasilele, the driver of the truck, explained that the accident happened as he tried to avoid a taxi which suddenly cut into the main road without signalling.
The truck carrying 18 palates of Mosi only dropped a few crates of beer onto the road but looters, among them motorists and passengers from mini buses wasted no time in ravaging the unbroken contents in no time.
“Please help me, look these people are crazy. I have been trying to call the police but there is no immediate response. I was avoiding hitting into a minibus and a taxi parked on my left side which suddenly cut into my lane,” Mr Nasilele lamented.
Looters swarmed the stationary truck that spilled some crates of beer onto the road and scavenged for the contents in two hours in what seemed like a free-for-all beer festival.
Lumumba Road was closed for almost two hours, forcing motorists driving into the city to divert, as the looters helped themselves to the beer.