The Zambia Police Service expresses deep concern regarding a recent incident of mob justice that occurred in Mulimba Village, Shibuyunji District, resulting in the burning deaths of two individuals accused of cattle rustling. The incident was reported today, October 2, 2023, at approximately 02:00 hours.
According to the statement issued by Rae Hamoonga police spokesperson, a group of people in Mulimba Village encountered a truck loaded with cattle that they suspected to be stolen, with four individuals on board. Upon noticing the group, the suspects attempted to flee the scene, abandoning the vehicle.
Two suspects were apprehended and subsequently burnt to death by the mob. The two survivors, identified as Enerst Siziba, aged 43, the owner of the Volvo truck with registration number CAA 5837, and Isaac Paraza, aged 28, the driver of the truck, are now in police custody. Police have initiated investigations into the matter.
Mob justice, also known as vigilante justice, involves individuals or groups taking the law into their own hands to punish alleged wrongdoers without due process. While recognizing the frustration and anger that can arise from criminal activities, it is essential to emphasize that mob justice is illegal and poses significant risks to the safety and well-being of the community.
The Zambia Police Service remains committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring justice for all. Every individual is entitled to a fair and impartial trial, and the justice system is the appropriate avenue for addressing alleged crimes. Mob justice not only contravenes due process but can also result in innocent individuals being wrongly accused and harmed.
Residents of Mulimba Village and the general public are urged to refrain from engaging in mob justice and instead report suspected criminal activities to the nearest police station or relevant law enforcement agencies. The police are dedicated to investigating all reported incidents thoroughly, ensuring justice is served in accordance with the law.
The dangers associated with mob justice include the risk of violence, injuries, and loss of life, as tragically witnessed in this incident. Additionally, it undermines the credibility and effectiveness of the criminal justice system, hindering the pursuit of justice for all.
The Zambia Police Service is committed to collaborating with community leaders, organizations, and citizens to address underlying issues contributing to mob justice, such as concerns about crime and safety. Together, a safer and more just community can be created for everyone.
The Zambia Police Service has further made an emphasis that mob justice has no place in our society. All residents are called upon to work with law enforcement agencies to uphold the law and ensure that justice is served through legal means.