Notorious criminal gangs are back on the Copperbelt after police seemed to have made strides weeding them out with Copperbelt Commissioner Charity Katanga re-activating her troops to step up their efforts.
Kitwe had receded to some semblance of normalcy after some gang members were rounded in May-April this year but the gangs are back terrorizing the community.
The gangs that are identifiable by some notorious names like 90 Niggas, Sons of the Devil, Fluffy and Tokota boys have become the nightmare of Kitwe residents.
Katanga said the police command has been alerted to the reinvention of these criminal gangs.
She said that her command will hunt down the gang members and restore sanity in Kitwe.
“Police officers will be on ground. We appeal to members of the public, we hear that in Kitwe there is a certain group of four people who are clad in military uniforms with firearms and are pretending to be from Zambia army, and sometimes move with batons. So when the citizens see suspicious looking people in their areas let them coordinate as quickly as possible and give information to police,” Katanga said.
“The problem we have is that when members of the public are attacked they go to the media instead of giving information to the police, this makes our work difficult. We encourage members of the public to always feel free to report to police any issues,” she added.