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Taxi driver murdered, car stolen

A TAXI driver has been murdered in Chingola by criminals, who have also stolen the vehicle he was driving and dumped his body at Chiwempala cemetery.
Coppebelt police commissioner Joyce Kasosa identified the deceased as Isaac Phiri, 33, of house number 41, Twatasha in Chiwempala Township.
“The body was found with both hands tied and a head-sock was stuffed in the mouth,” Ms Kasosa said in an interview yesterday.
She said the body was found at Chiwempala cemetery on Thursday morning.
Mr Phiri had reported for work around 17:00 hours on Wednesday, and was given the vehicle by his employer.
She said the taxi, a Toyota Corolla, grey in colour, registration number AGB 1087, has not yet been recovered.
Police have launched a man-hunt for the killers.
Meanwhile,  police in Muchinga have recovered 14 home-made guns, 26 live ammunitions, 31 empty cartridges and 500 grams of gun powder from three villages on the Nakonde-Isoka road, MAPALO LUPUPA reports from Chinsali.
Muchinga Province police commissioner Auxensio Daka, who confirmed this in an interview yesterday, said nine people have been arrested for illegal possession of firearms.
Mr Daka said the recovery was made in a joint operation with Zambia Wildlife Authority officers on Wednesday in Mulizye, Chimyantu and Ntembo villages.
“A search was conducted in these villages and 14 home-made firearms were recovered, and nine people were apprehended for the illegal possession of the same,” he said.
Mr Daka named the suspects as Mukuka Sinkonde, 40, Festone Silungwe, 40, and Johnwell Simutengu, 45.
Others are Mutumwa Sichimata, 30, Sinkamba David, 38, Lackson Simutengu, 60, Kenneth Simutengu, 35, Kenneth Clint Sinkamba, 58, and a man only identified as Nathan, aged 38.
Mr Daka said the suspects will appear in court soon.