By Nation Reporter
RAMPANT thefts have rocked Manda Hill shopping complex in Lusaka and shoppers, tourists and motorists have had their car windows smashed or tampered with and property stolen under the watch of hired security guards.
Due to lack of ‘security’ at the shopping mall, motorists have complained of losing colossal sums of money, valuables worth thousands of Kwachas snatched from their vehicles through robberies which occur on a daily basis.
On Saturday, three Indian nationals were robbed at Manda Hill soon after arrival in Zambia for a Daily Nation assignment.
Daily Nation production manager Philemon Daka, who was the driver at the time of the incident, explained that they had parked their vehicle at Manda Hill car park right opposite the Hungry Lion fast food shop when the incident happened around 20:30 hours on Saturday night.
Mr. Daka said he took the visitors to have their dinner and when they returned to the vehicle they found the car had been tampered with and their property stolen. The thieves are suspected to have used a screw driver to open the car doors.
Shopping mall security personnel on duty, when confronted, claimed they saw a man remove bags from the Daily Nation car and load them into another car – and did nothing.
Mr Daka said the matter was later reported to Manda Hill police post and statements recorded.
One of the visitors Mr O.M. Prakash Babal whose name appears on the documents stolen, said about US$1,000, undisclosed amount of Indian currency, company documents, mobile phones, ATM cards for SBI central bank, including motor vehicle licences, were among the items stolen.
Mr Babal said among the five missing bags, was one which contained an orange electronic tool box.
He has appealed to the public to report to the nearest police station or Daily Nation offices on Plot no. 5251, Mukwa road, in Lusaka’s heavy industrial area any information leading to the recovery of the items.