Unruly Mindolo North residents run amok over their demolished houses

By IAfrica
In Zambia
Jun 9th, 2014

Unruly Mindolo North residents run amok over their demolished houses

Time Posted: June 9, 2014 8:44 am

demolished Kitwe house

A CLOUD of uncertainty has continued to characterize Mindolo North Township where the Kitwe City Council (KCC)’s operation to demolish houses built on illegally acquired plots was set in motion last week on Tuesday.

Following the joint State Police and KCC security personnel sustained operation that left over 400 families homeless, a group of unruly people mainly youths on Saturday mobilized and rioted.

The riotous gang descended on a private-owned Nkana College of Education campus situated within the locality of Mindolo North and started to raze the building infrastructure.

The rampaging gang armed with a range of missiles comprising stones, catapults, picks and other weapons first overpowered a State Police officer stationed there before they set out to damage the building infrastructure.

Copperbelt police commissioner Joyce Kasosa confirmed the incident and said number of people about 20 were apprehended in connection with the Saturday unruly conduct.

“Some people yesterday became unruly and wanted to destroy infrastructure for Nkana College of Education but police moved in and apprehended some of those involved,” she said.

Ms Kasosa who was not in position to give full details on the matter said unruly people mobilised and started demolishing the college infrastructure but that alert police moved in and prevented further destruction.

A Times reporter that rushed to the scene around 11:00 hours shortly after deployed riot police had displaced the riotous gang, found part of the wall fence had been destroyed and the gate completely damaged.

Eye witnesses said the mob first mobilized around 09:00 hours a short distance away from the Nkana College of Education premises.

They said after strategizing for some time, the mob then charged towards the college premises in full swing and first overpowered a police officer who was stationed there to provide security following the recent KCC operation to demolish houses built on illegally acquired plots in the area.

“After overpowering the police officer, the mob started bringing down the wall fence using picks and other iron bars,” the eye witnesses said.

They said the mob took that action after being incensed by the council’s move to demolish residential houses in the area but leaving out the college infrastructure.

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