Kitwe gangs at it again

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

Those no­to­ri­ous gangs have not been com­pletely wiped out be­cause there are oth­ers who are still ha­rass­ing peo­ple as early as 20.00 hours. If you de­cide to walk in the night, they will at­tack you.”

Davies Chibuye.

A NUM­BER of no­to­ri­ous gangs have emerged again in Bu­langililo town­ship of Kitwe where they are ter­ror­is­ing res­i­dents. But Cop­per­belt Po­lice Chief Char­ity Katanga said she has not yet re­ceived such a re­port and promised to make a fol­low up on the mat­ter. Res­i­dents in the area said that a num­ber of no­to­ri­ous youth gangs had emerged and were ha­rass­ing peo­ple, forc­ing them to be in­doors as early 1:.00 hours. Davies Chibuye , who was in the group of Bu­langililo res­i­dents, told the Daily Na­tion that peo­ple were be­ing forced to be in-doors as early as 20.00 hours be­cause they feared to be at­tacked by the no­to­ri­ous youth gangs. “Those no­to­ri­ous gangs have not been wiped out be­cause there are oth­ers who are still ha­rass­ing peo­ple as early as 20.00 hours. If you de­cide to walk in the night, they will at­tack you. “In some cases , you find young boys in the streets, in­sult­ing el­derly peo­ple and the el­derly peo­ple fear to re­act be­cause if they do that, they will be beaten up,’’ Mr Chibuye said. And some women in the area have ap­pealed to the Gov­ern­ment to deal with the emerg­ing no­to­ri­ous youth gangs be­cause they were a dan­ger to so­ci­ety. Ex­hilda Lungu said gov­ern­ment must be firm on the emerg­ing gangs which were ter­ror­iz­ing the in­no­cent res­i­dents of Bu­langililo ward. “These no­to­ri­ous youth gangs must be checked be­cause it is from such group­ings which pro­duce rebel groups which bring con­fu­sion in coun­tries. As a coun­try, let us not wor­ship wrong and evil acts, but put these evil acts to a stop,” Ms Lungu said. Kitwe has ex­pe­ri­enced an emer­gence of no­to­ri­ous gangs among them, the 90 Nig­gas, Sons of the Devil (SOD) and the Tokota Boys. The groups were wiped out by the po­lice, but their re­main­ing col­leagues con­tin­ued ha­rass­ing and beat­ing up peo­ple.

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