NANCY SIAME, Lusaka
A BUSINESSWOMAN of Hill View in Lusaka’s Chalala residential area was on Monday strangled to death while her 19-year-old son is nursing serious knife wounds after the two were attacked by three criminals
who got away with an undisclosed amount of money.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the attack happened between 21:00 hours and 23:00 hours as the woman and her son were returning home from their shop at Mana Mall in Chilenje.
Ms Katongo said in a statement yesterday that the woman has been identified as Mailess Maunda, 38.
She said the two victims were attacked and robbed of their money by criminals whose motor vehicle the victims hired after closing their shop.
“The victims booked a taxi, a Toyota Corolla, with unknown registration number and as they were proceeding home, the driver diverted the vehicle towards town,” Mrs Katongo said.
She said the criminals, who were armed with knives, strangled the woman and stabbed her son before robbing them and dumping them near Intercity Bus Terminus, where they managed to book another taxi, which took them to Chilenje Hospital.
“Ms Maunda sustained bruises on the face and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Chilenje Hospital while her son sustained injuries,” Mrs Katongo said.
She said it was because of such criminal activities that the country enacted laws that demand that all motor vehicles operating as taxis be registered and labelled as such.
Mrs Katongo said unregistered taxis put the lives of unsuspecting clients at risk.
“We urge members of the public to always book registered and well-labelled taxis from taxi ranks to avoid falling prey to criminals,” she said.
No-one has been arrested but police are investigating the robbery.