Let`s fight gangs col­lec­tively - clergy

Daily Nation Newspaper - - KOPALA NEWS - By NA­TION REPORTER

THE Kitwe Dis­trict Pas­tors` Fel­low­ship is happy that police have made head­way in track­ing down gangs but has called for more ef­fort to com­pletely wipe out the no­to­ri­ous boys in the city.

Fel­low­ship chair­per­son Bishop Raddy Lewila said in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day that the body of Christ would con­tinue pray­ing and ap­pealed to law enforcement of­fi­cers to in­ten­sify the search for ma­raud­ing gangs.

On Wed­nes­day, 19 mem­bers of the `Tokota Boys` gang ap­peared be­fore Kitwe mag­is­trate Yvonne Nalomba on three counts of caus­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm, kid­nap­ping and caus­ing con­sump­tion of fae­ces.

They were rounded up af­ter a video footage went vi­ral, showing the boys beat­ing a 16-yearold boy with stones and other ob­jects. They forced him to eat fae­cal mat­ter.

Kitwe has been rocked by gangs bru­tal­is­ing res­i­dents and these in­clude Tokota, sons of the devil, 90 Nig­gas, Malinso, Koswe, Buchi Boys, Mb­wamb­wambwa, 100 me­tres, Boko Haram and Ka­tondo.

But Bishop Lewila said it was pos­si­ble to wipe out all the gangs if police in­ten­si­fied and widened their search with the help of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

"The men and women in uni­form have done a great job so far. How­ever, a lot needs to be done by the police and other key play­ers like our­selves, the church as well as the com­mu­nity to com­pletely wipe out this vice," he said.

And Bishop Li­wela ap­pealed to par­ents to monitor what type of friends their chil­dren hang out with so that they did not en­gage them­selves with no­to­ri­ous gang­sters.

He stated that par­ents were the best peo­ple to monitor and con­trol their chil­dren as they spent most of the time with them in their homes.

It was also im­por­tant for par­ents to in­cul­cate a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity and Chris­tian value in the chil­dren.

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