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Second suspect in mobile money robberies shot dead

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Police in Zambia have shot dead a second suspected criminal who was allegedly involved in a series of robberies and murders of mobile money agents in Nakonde.

The latest incident happened on Thursday night, when police gunned down Thomas Munkondia, also known as “Kajijo”, who was wanted for several cases of burglary, theft and aggravated robbery.

According to a statement by the police commissioner for Muchinga province, Paul Achiume, Munkondia was apprehended after a tip-off and led the police to recover a firearm in Mwenzo area.

However, he tried to escape by jumping out of a moving vehicle and was shot in the back of the head after ignoring two warning shots.

He was pronounced dead at Nakonde District Hospital and his body was taken to the mortuary.

Achiume said Munkondia was among the suspects in the murder and robbery of mobile money agents in Nakonde, who offer cash transfer services via mobile phones.

On Monday night, another suspect, Alfred Muwowo Mwandila, 32, also known as “Double Engine”, was killed by the police after he attempted to flee from a house where he and two other accomplices were hiding.

Achiume said the police surrounded the house and fired three warning shots before shooting Mwandila in the head.

He was declared dead at Nakonde Urban Clinic and later identified by his girlfriend, Lilian Nalavwe, 26, who was arrested for possessing a homemade shotgun.

The police also found the weapon in the house and took Mwandila’s body to the mortuary.

The police commissioner did not say if the two suspects were behind the death of Naomy Mayenda, 26, a mobile money agent who was killed at her home on September 30, 2023.

She was shot multiple times in the chest and an unknown amount of money was stolen from her.

At least two other mobile money agents have been robbed since her death. Mayenda was buried on Tuesday.

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