By Jacqueline Mwitwa. An unidentified thief in Kanyama Compound 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 after attempting to steal a piece of carpet worth little than a meal at the expenses of his life.
According to the carpet owner, Jackie Mulenga, the thief was a
seen loitering outside the unfinished house not knowing that he was spying with a view of stealing the carpet
The thief moved in to steal the carpet when the owner stepped out to buy tomatoes in the neighborhood.
On her return, she saw the thief leaving the unfinished house with her carpet.
Her shouting captured the attention of the people who descended on him and unleashed mob justice. The situation that attracted onlookers that included women and children. They used fists, sticks and all sorts of objects on him. The thief managed to escape with the help of a good Samaritan but was heavily beaten. With the worsening Zambian economy, petty thieving is on the the increase.