POLICE in Kitwe on Friday night fought with residents after a Chinese businessman shot his Zambian shop attendant.
The irate residents descended on the Chinese shop called Yuchen Investment Limited and looted goods after word of the shooting went round.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo confirmed the shooting incident.
“There was a shooting incident which occurred yesterday (Friday), 21st September, 2018 around 18:00hours at Yuchen Investments Limeitd at a Chinese shop at Spar Shopping Centre in Chimwemwe Township in Kitwe in which female Nelia Mumba, aged 38 of Chimwemwe Township, Kitwe reported that her daughter Roydah Mumba, aged 17, a shopkeeper at the above shop was shot and wounded on her right ankle by Gao Em Ming, 42, a Chinese National of Lubambe Centre, Parklands in Kitwe, using a 9mm Glock Pistol, Serial number BFZN 775,” Katongo stated.
“The incident happened when the Chinese national who was at the counter selling in the shop started playing with his pistol which in the process fired and the bullet wounded the Zambian worker who was standing within the shop. The victim was rushed to Kitwe Teaching Hospital where she has been admitted for observation. After word went round that a Chinese national had killed a Zambian, residents of Chimwemwe Township got infuriated and started throwing stones and looted the Chinese shop.”
She explained that after police presence, the residents moved to another Chinese shop at Nakadoli market.
“Police quickly moved in and dispersed the mob and kept vigil. Between 20:00 hours and 21:00 hours, the angry mob moved to another Chinese shop, Xingmei Supermarket, in Nakadoli Market in Chimwemwe TownShip which was still open and owned by female Aimi Yan, aged 45 of Chimwemwe, Kitwe, where the mob damaged the front metal door and four windows, before looting property whose value is not yet ascertained,” Katongo stated.
“Two suspects namely Racheal Mpundu, aged 16 of unknown house number in Chimwemwe was apprehended with a table, duvet, and a man suspected to have been drunk at the time and refused to give his names, who was found with plastic dishes and a duvet was also arrested.”
She stated that the Chinese man has since been detained at Riverside Police.
“The Chinese national who shot the worker is currently detained at Riverside Police Station yet to be charged and a pistol with no rounds has been recovered. Scene visited and docket of case opened,” stated Katongo.