Police nab alleged Kanyama gang leader, ‘Viper’


Police in Kanyama have arrested a male suspect who has been on the police wanted list for various cases of aggravated robbery involving junkies in the area.

Police Public Relations Officer, Rae Hamoonga, identified the suspect as Lackson Sheleni populary know as ‘VIPER’, aged 20 of Makeni Villa in Kanyama Compound, Lusaka.

In a statement issued on Monday, Hamoonga said the suspect is alleged to be a gang leader for the group of junkies who have been terrorizing the community.

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“The suspect is alleged to have whilst acting with others unknown, been unlawfully assembling themselves in numbers of more than 50 persons armed with pangas and stones,” he revealed.

Hamoonga alleged that the gang had been going round the community, attacking innocent people damaging property including motor vehicles and looting shops.

“The incidents are alleged to have occurred between the months of July, 2023 and February 17, 2024 in areas of Kanyama West, Mutanda Bantu, Mbasela Kanono, Garden House, Makeni Villa, Yellow Shop and Shalom area of Lusaka,” he stated.

Hamoonga added that the suspect was in police custody with the help of members of the Community Crime Prevention Unit (CCPU).

“He has been detained in custody, pending further investigations in cases of aggravated robbery,” he said.

Hamoonga called on victims of the alleged cases in the area to report to Kanyama police post to pursue their cases for court hearing.

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