James Kunda and his friend only identified as Adam and both serving jail sentences ranging between 6 and 10 years broke into Lions club bar in the early hours of today and stole two decoders, Hifi stereo, mobile phones and chargers, some food and beverage but were unlucky as they were spotted at the prison as they were hiding the loot.
After a roll call, it was established that the two were missing from prison and after thorough probing they disclosed the hiding place in the bush nearer the prison where prison warders and policemen recovered the stolen items.
The two, who are believed to have hired a known taxi driver to ferry the goods have since been arrested and detained at Kabwe central police station awaiting court appearance.
Security in Zambian prisons has become a source of concern and Kabwe residents have complained about the increased crime rate in the usually calm town which they have attributed to the inmates. No clear policy statement has come from government except President Sata’s continued release of inmates at will.
Early this year, 4 criminals in the condemned section escaped from Mukobeko maximum prison but two were later cornered in Chipata, while the third one was apprehended in Lusaka. The prison breaks have taken place in various prisons across the country. Last year a resident of Kawama compound was wounded by a prisoner who was out in the field doing some work.
“This matter must be thoroughly probed, how can people escape from prison and have the courage to go back after stealing, it shows that the trend has been going on with full knowledge of the warders, we are at a risk,” complained a Kabwe businessman who sought anonymity.
Meanwhile, the recruits who participated in the battering of inmates after a jail break at Mukobeko maximum are expected to pass out this Friday after a prolonged training.