Petty thief escape death

By Jacqueline Mwitwa in Lusaka

An unidentified thief   escaped death, when an angry mob descended on him  after he  attempted to steal a carpet from an unfinished house in Kanyama Compound, West of capital Lusaka. The disgruntled thief managed to escape mob justice for attempting to steal a piece of carpet worth little than a meal at the expenses of his life.

According to the carpet owner, Joice Mulenga, the thief was seen  loitering outside the unfinished house not knowing that he was spying with a view of stealing the carpet

Mulenga said the thief moved in  to steal the carpet when she stepped out to buy tomatoes in the neighborhood.

On her return, she saw the thief leaving the unfinished house with her carpet.

Mulenga explained that she started screaming and her screams captured the attention of the mob that descended on him.

The situation that  attracted onlookers that  included women and children happened in the middle of the night.    They used  fists, sticks and all sorts of objects on him. The thief  managed to escape with a help of good Samaritans but  was heavily beaten. With the worsening Zambian economy, petty thieving is on the increase.