Last week, BANDITS in the early hours of August 5th strangled three security guards at Batoka Sky in Livingstone, blew up a safe using dynamite and stole K48,000 cash.
Batoka Sky is a tour operator which offers Microlight and helicopter flights over the Victoria Falls and gorge.
Southern Province commissioner of police Mary Chikwanda said that the incident happened between 01:00 hours and 02:00 hours.
Mrs Chikwanda named the deceased as Engineer Zulu, 35, and Adam Siateba, 38, both of Linda, and Masililo Sikombwa, 35, of Dambwa Site and Service.
The three were employees of Panorama Alarm Systems and Security Services Limited.
“Between 01:00 hours and 02: 00 hours, the three guards were strangled to death. They were found tied with a rope around their necks,” Ms Chikwanda said.
She said police suspect the trio was attacked in the guard house where the bodies were found.
“The guards were found tied with a rope and they sustained head injuries. The instrument used to injure the trio is still unknown,” she said.
She said the bandits entered the administration block, blew up the safe with dynamite and stole K48,000.
Mrs Chikwanda said the police have launched a manhunt for the suspects.
She urged companies to engage armed security companies to guard their premises.
“Companies should not compromise on security and we have advised the tour operators to ensure that they engage companies that can secure their premises,” she said.
Zambia Tourist Board managing director Felix Chaila assured tourists that Zambia remains one of the safest tourism destinations despite the incident.
“Zambia remains one of the safest tourism destinations where tourists walk freely in the night, where the locals are friendly and increasingly understand the positive value that tourists bring to the economy,” he said.
Mr Chaila said Zambia has efficient law enforcement agencies and that he is confident that the culprits will soon be brought to book.
“This is a trauma that has hit Batoka Sky, we want to console the staff, especially the families of the deceased guards and to also wish them God’s comfort,” Mr Chaila said.
Zambia Daily Mail