Lusaka Magistrates Court. Picture by REBECCA BANDA

RABECCA BANDA writes

@SunZambian

A LUSAKA man has told the Magistrates Court how two men allegedly stole his car worth K30, 000 after offering his taxi driver goat meat laced with a substance which left him unconscious.

Before Magistrate Felix Kaoma was Charles Bwalya and Ackim Mukuwa accused of stealing a motor vehicle belonging to Alisab Simukongole on July 12 2019.

Mr. Simukongole said he bought a Toyota Corolla in 2018 at K30,000 for taxi business and employed Shadreck Kunda as its driver.

He said Kunda started work on the morning of July 12, 2019 and was expected to return the vehicle at 18:00 hours.

He said Kunda never returned that day and he went to look for him but he was nowhere to be found.

Mr. Simukongole went to Kunda’s house the following day and found him looking confused.

“I asked him where the car was and he said he did not know,” Mr Simukongole said.

Mr. Simukongole told the court that Kunda told him that Bwalya and Mukuwa booked him to take them to Ng’ombe clinic and while there, one of them said his wife had a baby and told Kunda to drive them to 10 miles to buy goat meat for celebration.

He said Kunda drove them to 10 miles at a place where Bwalya and Mukuwa went to buy beer and goat meat.

He said they gave Kunda some meat and after eating it he felt drowsy and later became unconscious.

Mr. Simukongole went with Kunda to police and reported the matter.

He said a few days later, the police called and Kunda identified the Bwalya and Mukuwa as the people who had booked him.

He said during interrogations by the police, the two admitted putting drugs in Kunda’s food.

Bwalya: Where you the driver when the car went missing?

Simukongole: No.

Bwalya: Did we put drugs in the driver’s food?

Simukongole: Yes

Bwalya: Do you have evidence?

Simukongole: You said it yourself in the presence of the police officers.

Mukuwa: Why didn’t your driver tell you that the car was stolen?

Simukongole: He said that he didn’t know where the car was.

Mukuwa: Did the police find your car with us?

Simukongole: I wouldn’t Know, I was informed that they had caught thieves suspected to have stolen my car.

The matter comes up on February 5 for continued hearing.

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