Guard drags boss to po­lice


I WAS al­most killed by a mob when Pi­la­tus En­gi­neer­ing pro­pri­etor Josep Huwiler’s wife Char­lotte Mukumbuta ac­cused me of hav­ing stolen spare parts from the com­pany, a se­cu­rity guard has lamented.

Christo­pher Mukafwempa told the Daily Na­tion yes­ter­day that Ms. Mukumbuta’s al­le­ga­tion at­tracted an an­gry mob that de­scended on him soon after he knocked off from work.

He said the in­ci­dent hap­pened on Friday around 18:00 hours in Lusaka’s Mten­dere com­pound.

He said Ms. Mukumbuta was with some plain clothed po­lice of­fi­cers in her car and trailed the Pi­la­tus En­gi­neer­ing staff bus up to Mten­dere mar­ket where he dis­em­barked.

“As I was com­ing out of the bus she shouted ‘thief, ‘thief’ and called on peo­ple to ap­pre­hend me. That was when the mob de­scended on me and the plain clothed po­lice of­fi­cers joined in and ap­pre­hended me.

“In the process I lost my phone and my salary which I had just got­ten that same day. She ac­cused me of hav­ing stolen spare parts but she did not have any ev­i­dence to jus­tify her al­le­ga­tions,” Mr. Mukafwempa nar­rated.

He said the in­ci­dent in­censed his work­mates who later turned against the po­lice of­fi­cers who were with Ms. Mukumbuta.

He said the is­sue started from Pi­la­tus En­gi­neer­ing premises on Leop­ards Hill road where the of­fi­cers sealed off the main gate and Ms. Mukumbuta re­fused to re­solve the mat­ter with man­age­ment.

He said this forced the staff bus driver to use an­other exit. Mr. Mukafwempa was yes­ter­day found at Mten­dere po­lice post re­port­ing the mat­ter.

He said it was sad that Ms. Mukumbuta had al­legedly started vic­tim­is­ing in­no­cent em­ploy­ees fol­low­ing her mar­i­tal dis­putes with Mr. Huwiler, who has since re­lo­cated from his own home at Pi­la­tus premises, fol­low­ing a court rul­ing.

He said Ms. Mukumbuta was tar­get­ing em­ploy­ees who she thought were close to Mr. Huwiler.

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