Poor roads contribute to rise in ritual murders

IMPASSABLE roads have contributed to the recent rise in the number of ritual murders in George, Matero and Zingalume compounds because police are unable to effectively carry out their patrols, says Kapwepwe Ward 25 councillor Maurice Piyo.

Mr Piyo said it was difficult for police to conduct patrols in the night because most roads in these compounds were impassible.

He appealed to the Road Development Agency (RDA) to speed up road construction programme in the area and attend to the issue as a matter of urgency.

“Night patrols are becoming a nightmare in the face of dilapidated and impassable roads in my ward.

“Most roads in Kapwepwe ward especially in Paradise area where all persons have been found dead are impassable and this makes it difficult for the police and the neighborhood watch committees to move around,” Mr. Piyo said.

He implored the RDA to help create an enabling environment by attending to road works, adding that good roads would allow security wings to conduct patrols and bring to book the culprits killing innocent people.

Mr Piyo also urged the police to strengthen patrols in the area by deploying more manpower and ensuring that every private vehicle that moved in the night was searched.

“I wish to also call upon the police to begin searching every vehicle that moves in the night in the area. They may just find tools that are being used by criminals to commit crimes. They must further comb the thickets surrounding Desai, Paradise and George compounds,” he said.

He said the gruesome murders were becoming a serious case of emergency as residents now lived in fear.

“It’s sad that our people are being maimed like dogs and it is unthinkable that some citizens can go to the extent of removing body parts and intestines from another fellow human being without feeling any remorse or pain to themselves,” he said

Meanwhile, Mr. Piyo has called on the Lusaka City Council to quickly award the contract of construction of a police post in the Paradise area where murders had taken place.

He said the local authority had no excuse for not speeding up the construction of the post as all processes had already been approved.

“What remains is the awarding of the contract,” he said.

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