Let`s fight gangs collectively - clergy
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.