THE Zambia Chinese Association (ZCA) says
the gruesome murder of their compatriots in Lusaka’s Makeni area about a week ago will be very hard to forget.
ZCA president Wu Ming said the most important important thing for Chinese people in Zambia was safety far away from home.
On Sunday May 24, three Chinese including Cao Guifang, Fan Mingjie and Bao Jubing were attacked and murdered at their place in Makeni.
Ming said the trio had worked in Africa for many years and did not expect to go return to their motherland as corpses.
He said the day of the murder would be “a very difficult day to forget by all Chinese in Zambia as fresh and powerful lives were lost instantly.”
Ming was speaking during farewell speech at the memorial of the three saying the killers had premeditated the malicious robbery and that the act made the country lose good and law abiding citizens.
Ming explained that the killers should have better gotten what they wanted and preserved life of fellow human beings which was irreplaceable.
‘’We are heartbroken. Every Chinese heart has been affected by the incident. Many compatriots today also spontaneously have attended the funeral.’’ He said.
Ming said the most important thing for Chinese in Zambia was safety far away from home and that Ms. Cao Guifang, Mr Fan Mingjie and Mr Bao Jubing (all deceased) had worked in Africa for many years and did not expect to go back to their motherland in such a state.
‘’On the day of the incident, after receiving the news, I rushed to the scene as soon as possible. Under the blaze, the fire fighters struggled to put out the fire. The police blocked the scene and caught the first suspect in the fastest time, which played an important role in detecting the case,’’ he added.
Ming said the Chinese community was also happy that the case was highly valued by the Zambian government and the police had been trying their very best to solve the case.
‘’After working in Zambia for many years, i have come to understand that every Chinese is striving for his personal career, and at the same time contributes to economic development as well as the friendship between China and Zambia,’’ he said.
Ming further saluted security agencies for living no stone unturned and closing in on the third suspect who was still at large.
On May 24, three Chinese nationals were attacked by robbers who pretended to be customers at their warehouse in Makeni, hacking them with machetes, stealing valuables and later setting them ablaze onfire, two suspects are in custody whilst the third is still on the run.