THE ZAMBIA Police Service says 117 road traffic accidents were recorded during the New Year holiday Country-wide, out of which 10 were Fatal road traffic accidents in which 10 persons were killed, while 21 were serious road traffic accidents in which 32 persons were seriously injured.
Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga told Mwebantu in a statement, that 23 were slight road traffic accidents in which 27 persons were slightly injured and 63 were damage only road traffic accidents.
Mr Hamoonga said Lusaka province recorded the highest number with 45, followed by Copper belt Province with 23, Southern Province with nine, Eastern and Luapula Provinces with eight each, Central and Mchinga Provinces with six each, Western with five, Northern with four and North-Western province recorded the least with three road traffic accidents.
He noted that in comparison with the New Year holiday of 2021, a total number of 225 road traffic accidents were recorded as compared to 117 road traffic accidents recorded this holiday which shows a reduction by 108 road traffic accidents.
“In the previous holiday of 2021, 22 were fatal road traffic accidents in which 28 persons were killed compared to 10 fatal road traffic accidents recorded this year where 10 persons were killed. The figures show a reduction by 12 fatal road traffic accidents and 18 persons killed,”.
Mr Hamoonga said in the New Year holiday of 2021, the section recorded 27 serious road traffic accidents in which 31 persons were seriously injured as compared to 21 serious road traffic accidents where 32 persons were seriously injured this year.
“The figures show a decrease by Six serious road traffic accidents and a slight increase by a person seriously injured,”he said.
“54 road traffic accidents were recorded as slight road traffic accidents in 2021 where 61 persons were slightly injured as compared to 23 slight road traffic accidents where 27 persons were slightly injured in this year’s holiday. The figures show a decrease in both slight road traffic accidents and in persons slightly injured by 31 and 34 respectively,”.
He said on damage only road traffic accidents, 122 were recorded as damage only road traffic accidents in 2021 as compared to 63 damage only road traffic accidents recorded in the same holiday of 2022. The figures show a reduction in damage only road traffic accidents by 59.
“A total amount of K545, 070.00 was collected in admission of guilty fines in New Year Holiday of 2021 as compared to K256, 125.00 collected in admission of guilt this year’s holiday of 2022. The amount shows a decrease in admission of by K288, 945.00,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga noted that there is a reduction in road traffic accidents from 225 road traffic accidents recorded in 2021 to 117 road traffic accidents recorded this New year’s holiday of 2022.This is due to road traffic patrols being conducted by Zambia Police Service (traffic) and Road Transport and Safety Agency(RTSA).
He further stated that the Zambia Police service has come up with proactive measures of reducing road traffic accidents by sensitizing road users through radio and Television programs. Such activities have contributed to compliance levels by the road users especially the motorists, pedestrians and pedal cyclists.
“Speed trap management teams in all the divisions have been deployed in strategic and accidents prone areas in order to reduce road traffic offences and road traffic accidents during this festive period,” he added.
Who is the father of the Child?
Who is the father of the Child?
By Dickson Jere
WHO is the father of the child? This was the question that confronted the High Court for Zambia in an interesting case involving the sharing of assets of the deceased “child” who died intestate. It appears the case is the first of its kind in Zambia and the High Court had to borrow authorities from the US jurisdiction to solve the puzzle.
You see, a man fathered a child whom he did not recognize or support throughout his life even though the birth certificate carried his surname. But when obtaining the NRC, the mother of the child changed his surname to hers because the father of the child was nowhere to be seen. In short, the biological father disappeared!
At 35 years, the “child” died and left some property forming his estate. The biological father reappeared and demanded for his share in line with the Intestate Succession Act of Zambia. Parents are entitled to benefit from the child estate under the Zambian law.
So, the man sued in the High Court demanding for his share of his son’s estate whom he did not support in the first place.
“Child support is a factor because parents or a parent as a matter of duty is lawfully and naturally expected to support his/her child,” High Court Judge Charles Zulu said in his judgment.
But the question that the court needed to answer was whether such a father who abandoned his child can benefit from the estate of the same child on account that he was a biological father.
“The Applicant cannot now make a U-turn and unjustly enrich himself from the estate of the child he unceremoniously disowned and deserted,” the Judge ruled.
“Fishing out documents evidencing that he was recorded as the biological father, does not negate his paternity denials…” the Court further held.
I agree with the decision of the Court on this matter. To be a father, one has to prove beyond just being biological. More must be adduced.
This latest case can be contrasted with another one involving a Kenyan man who died Intestate in Zambia but had a longtime girlfriend whom he was looking after. She sued under the Intestate Succession Act claiming to be entitled to the share of the estate as a “dependent” and the High Court ruled in her favour. (See Oparacha case)
Anyway, to avoid such drama, just write a Will!
Read the full judgment in the case of Nicholas Quintino Chavunga v Stephanus Roos and Janet Roos – 2020/HPF/519
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, January 26th, 2022)
28-year-old woman, who stole a 4-month-old baby boy from a church premises, jailed 4 years
THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 28-year-old woman of Kalikiliki Township to four years simple imprisonment for stealing a 4-month-old baby boy from a church premises.
Doreen Mwansa was charged with one count of child stealing and she pleaded guilty.
She stole the baby on October 23 last year in Lusaka.
According to facts which she said were true and correct, Mwansa wanted to deprive Mary Sikazwe of her baby Jackson Sikazwe, a child under the age of 16.
It was heard that on the material day, the baby’s mother went for a crusade at Bauleni School in Lusaka.
While she went outside to change the diaper of the baby, Mwansa came to help babysit while the mother went to get another diaper.
When the mother to the baby returned, she did not find Mwansa and looked for her but to no avail.
The matter was reported to police and ZNBC with pictures of the baby revealed.
On 26 October, 2021, the grandmother to the baby received a phone call from a good Samaritan who informed her that the neighbors suspected that Mwansa had a stolen baby after hearing the baby crying.
The residents locked the house and asked the accused to identify the
baby and she failed.
The residents waited for the baby’s mother to arrive and when she did, she retrieved the baby and reported the matter to Bauleni Police Station leading to Mwansa’s arrest.
In passing sentence, magistrate Hamaundu found her guilty of the offence upon her own admission of guilt.
The magistrate sentenced her to four years, saying this will operate as a lesson to other would-be-offenders.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, January 26th, 2022)
LCC initiates investigations into the selling of ‘dead’ chickens at Soweto market by some unscrupulous traders
SOME traders at Lusaka’s Soweto Market have been picked up to help with investigations into the selling of ‘dead’ chickens to the community.
This was after Lusaka City Mayor Chilando Chitangala led a team of councilors and members of staff under public health department to Soweto market for a fact finding mission.
The mission was in relation with reports that some women order dead chickens which are sold to unsuspecting people in the community.
Council chief whip Patrick Salubusa said in a statement that the chickens commonly called as mortality chickens, are allegedly distributed in most of the restaurants within Soweto market.
He said some people have since been picked up to help with investigations.
“The operation ended with some people being picked up for further interrogations at civic center but the mayor did not leave Soweto market without doing some shopping and interacting with both traders and customers amidst as she talked about the importance of having a clean, green and healthy environment,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, January 25th, 2022)