Police nab man, 26, for murder of Chinese couple

Inspector general of police Kakoma Kanganja speaks to journalist at Police Headquarters-picture by Tenson Mkhala

Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja says police have arrested a 26-year-old man of Mumbwa’s Katala Village for the murder of a Chinese couple.

And Kanganja has expressed displeasure over the leakage of CCTV footage related to the same matter which could have jeopardized investigations.

In a statement, Thursday, Kanganja stated that Kenneth Figo was apprehended from Lusaka’s Balastone area where he was hiding.

“We have arrested the suspect behind the murder of a Chinese national couple which occurred in Mumbwa yesterday. The suspect has been identified as Kenneth Figo aged 26 of Katala Village in Mumbwa who worked for the victims as a salesman. He was apprehended from Balastone area in Lusaka today where he was hiding,” stated Kanganja.

“I wish to express my displeasure at the leaking of the CCTV footage in the same matter which has gone viral and had potential to jeopardize investigations. I therefore appeal to members of the public to desist from such acts.”

On Wednesday, Central Province Police Commissioner Chola Katanga announced that a Chinese couple had been gruesomely murdered by unknown people in their shop in Mumbwa District while the attackers fled with an undisclosed amount worth of property.

Katanga identified the deceased as Zumin Hu, 49, wife, and Jinrong Yon, 53, husband, saying they were discovered lying in a pool of blood in their shop on Wednesday morning.

“Female Zuming Hu, aged 49, and Jinrong Yon, aged 53, who are a couple and were running a shop next to Radian stores in Mumbwa. The name of the shop was Sun Share. They were attacked by unknown people and they sustained multiple injuries on the body and head injuries. The female body was found lying in a pool of blood. And the bodies have been deposited in the mortuary at Mumbwa Hospital,” said Katanga.

“The attackers are suspected to have gone away with property, which is yet to be ascertained. And they are suspected to have entered through the rear gate of the shop, which was found open. The incident occurred in the night between 18:00 hours and 04:30 hours. The bodies were discovered around 04:30 hours by Kelvin Munyika, 31, a security guard for Choppies Mumbwa which is just opposite Sun Share Shop. And the attack happened right in the shop. It appears the attackers used sharp objects, which were being sold in the shop, because in the shop there were also axes. But we are doing investigations.”

         

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