21 remandees escape from cells in Mambwe

By Staff Reporter 

TWENTY one remandees from Namuseche correctional centre in Mambwe district last week escaped from custody while three of them have been recaptured.

Home affairs public relation officer Nephas Chifuta said on December 28, 2018, between 02:00 to 03:00hrs, the 21 remandees whilst acting together managed to remove the burglar bars from the window of the cell belonging to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife police cell, using an arc saw blade and escaped from the lawful custody.

Chifuta said the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Zambia Police Service have since managed to re-arrest three remandees whilst 19 of them are still on the run.

“Eleven of them were arrested and charged for wild life related offences, four for general theft, two for defilement, one for motor vehicle theft, one for burglary and theft and one for use of insulting language,” said Chifuta

He appealed to relatives of the escapees and members of the public to report to the police any of them seen, or any suspicious individuals idling about.

“These are dangerous criminals who should be made to face the law and who so ever is harbouring or providing any form of assistance to them is doing so at a disservice to the general public,” he said.

The remandees were attending a mobile court session in Mambwe district from Namuseche Correctional Centre.