Missing taxi driver killed in Congo, says suspect

Missing taxi driver killed in Congo, says suspect

After being tortured, a Congolese national detained in Ndola has told police that the missing taxi driver he hired last week on Monday was killed and buried in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Peter Chainda, 48, was hired from Masala township last week on Monday and has not been seen since, but there has been information that the vehicle he was driving was seen being dismantled in one of the garages in Chifubu township on Friday.
Copperbelt police commissioner Charity Katanga could, however, not confirm the killing of Mr Chainda until police see his body.
“I cannot confirm that until police see the remains of the taxi driver, but he is feared dead. And we cannot say he is dead until we see that he is actually dead,” she said.
Mrs Katanga said police have relied on evidence given by the suspect, James Bonku, since investigations into the matter started.
Police were yesterday scheduled to visit the crime scene after authority was granted by their DRC counterparts, but transport was a challenge.
Bonku, 21, has been arrested and is helping police with investigations.
Police findings so far indicate that Mr Chainda was killed the same day he was hired to take his clients to Maria Chimona on Zambia’s border with the DRC.
Mr Chainda was driving a Toyota Funcargo registration ACZ 1729.
It is also believed that there are three other people involved, two of them Zambians and a Congolese, and police are trying to establish the motive behind foreign nationals coming into Zambia to commit such acts.
Taxi drivers from Masala and Mushili townships and relatives of Mr Chainda protested at Chifubu Police Station on Monday demanding speedy investigations into the disappearance of the victim.
The protestors also said another taxi driver, Mike Ntonkoshi, went missing about three months ago after he was hired by unknown people from a taxi rank in

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