Mbeya police hold four suspects for allegedly killing bodaboda drivers

24Feb 2020
Correspondent
Mbeya
The Guardian
Mbeya police hold four suspects for allegedly killing bodaboda drivers

​​​​​​​POLICE in Mbeya region are holding four people allegedly  for involvement of attacking, abducting and killing drivers of motorcycle popularly known as ‘bodaboda’ after which they robbed them of their machines.

Mbeya Regional Police Commander SACP Ulrich Matei.

Speaking to reporters, Mbeya Regional Police Commander SACP Ulrich Matei named the arrested suspects Masikitiko Pastoni  aka ‘Mbuzi’ (34), Ezekia Sinkala (26) and Huruma Mwasile (36) all residents of Mtakuja, and Amani Mswima (21) a resident of Mlima Reli in Mbalizi town.

He said the suspects were nabbed on February 12, this year after the police conducted an operation in various areas of Mbalizi township within   Mbeya district.

“We have interrogated them and  they have confessed to have been involved in various criminal  activities  recently including the killing of  the drivers, but we are conducting more investigations to know whether there are other criminals involved  ,” said RPC Matei.

He said some of the criminal activities which the suspects had  confessed   included  using sharp objects  to kill  a   bodaboda driver named Zacharia Jackson (30) after which they robbed him of his motorcycle  with Reg. MC149CFJ on December 20 last year.

He said another incident which the suspects confessed to is the killing of another bodaboda driver  named Shukuru Juma (26) after which they robbed him of his motorcycle that occurred on February 10 this year.

Matei explained that in another incident, the suspects attacked     a bodaboda driver named Sadock Nimrod (21) using a sharp object after which they ran away with his motor cycle.

He said in Mbeya region incidents of bodaboda thefts have been increasing. He cautioned other people who might be harbouring  criminals to avoid  such behaviour  as the police is all ought to fight crimes.

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