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Family of six Die in an inferno in Chibombo

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Six people of the same family have died while one has sustained serious burns after the house they were sleeping in was set on fire by unknown people. Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has confirmed the sad development to Mwebantu and says the incident happened on Tuesday around 02:00hrs at Chishinga Village, Chief Chitanda in Chibombo District of Central Privince. Katongo has identified the deceased as Male Juvenile Justine Shachele aged 3 who died on the spot, male juvenile Bright Shachele aged four, and female Juvenile Roxina Shachele who died in UTH where they were admitted. Others are Female Juvenile Matilda Shachele aged 14, male Juvenile Robson Shachele aged five, and their mother Given Namwala aged 55 years. Katongo says only the husband identified as Evaristo Shachele aged 61 survived the inferno. She adds that the mother to the deceased children got burnt as she was trying to rescue her children.

In a related development, a male adult of Lupiya Village, Chief Mungule of Chibombo District in Central Province was burnt to death after his house in which he was sleeping caught fire. The incident happened between Monday around 19:00 hours and Tuesday around 05:00 hours. “The cause of fire is suspected to be a brazier which was left on in the house while he was sleeping,” Katongo says. She says the victim was a patient and was at the time of the infernal alone in the house.

And in another development, a female adult identified as Mwandashi Mwaba aged 71 of Mulundu village in Chief Mulundu in Mansa district was found dead in her cassava field on Monday. Katongo narrates that the deceased is reported to have left her house around 05: 00 hours and was found dead in her cassava field by her children at about 17:30 hours. It is reported that the deceased’s children had begun looking for their mother after they noticed that she had not returned home. “The deceased was found lying on the ground below a fallen dry tree which is believed she was trying to cut with an axe,” Katongo explains. She further says that the body of the deceased is in Mambilima Mission Hospital mortuary and that police suspect no foul play.

FAMILY OF SIX DIE IN AN INFERNO IN CHIBOMBO AFTER THEIR HOUSE WAS SET ALIGHT BY UNKNOWN PEOPLE SIX people of the same family have died while one has sustained serious burns after the house they were sleeping in was set on fire by unknown people. Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo has confirmed the sad development to Mwebantu and says the incident happened on Tuesday around 02:00hrs at Chishinga Village, Chief Chitanda in Chibombo District of Central Privince. Katongo has identified the deceased as Male Juvenile Justine Shachele aged 3 who died on the spot, male juvenile Bright Shachele aged four, and female Juvenile Roxina Shachele who died in UTH where they were admitted. Others are Female Juvenile Matilda Shachele aged 14, male Juvenile Robson Shachele aged five, and their mother Given Namwala aged 55 years. Katongo says only the husband identified as Evaristo Shachele aged 61 survived the inferno. She adds that the mother to the deceased children got burnt as she was trying to rescue her children. In a related development, a male adult of Lupiya Village, Chief Mungule of Chibombo District in Central Province was burnt to death after his house in which he was sleeping caught fire. The incident happened between Monday around 19:00 hours and Tuesday around 05:00 hours.

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Mabumba was not arrested because he neither recorded himself nor circulated the video, police say

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POLICE have clarified that the pornographic video which emerged last year showing former minister of education David Mabumba was done without his knowledge.
Reacting to concerns by journalists on why police arrested a couple of Lusaka leaving other notable figure such as Mr Mabumba and others, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said investigations revealed that it was not Mr Mabumba who recorded it.
She said the video was done without Mr Mabumba knowing and was later circulated after a failed attempt to extort money from him.
“I think I gave a clear explanation about Mr Mabumba’s issue , unless it was difficult to understand. Go and read the law.The first question is, who produced Mr Mabumba’s video? When it was recorded, was he aware, second question is, who circulated it? Police investigations revealed that it was not honourable Mabumba who recorded it. It was done without him knowing and was later circulated after a failed attempt to extort money from him.
She however said police are still looking for a person who produced and circulated the video.
“I won’t give any further explanation because if you do not understand what the law says and if you have already taken a stance, you may not understand. So in short in honourable Mabumba’s case, we are looking for a person who produced and circulated. How does this become selective application of the law,” she questioned.

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Police arrest couple over their pornographic video on social media with gospel music playing in the background

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a couple for allegedly circulating their pornographic video on social media with gospel music playing in the background.

In a media statement issued, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said police through the Cyber Crime Unit commenced investigations into a case of obscene material which was circulating on various social media platforms with gospel music playing in the background. She said investigations into the matter led to the arrest of John Chewe aged 31, a pharmacist and Angela Kapumba aged 24, a dental assistant both working at a private Hospital in Lusaka.

Mrs Katongo said the duo had initially reported to Luckson Mapushi Police Post from where they obtained a Police report that on February 19,between 02:00 hours and 05:00 hours, unknown people had broken into their motor vehicle and stole a phone which was containing the said video and later circulated on various social media platforms without their knowledge.

She however said investigations revealed that there was no such incidence involving the theft of the mobile phone in question and that the report given to police was aimed distancing themselves from what was circulating on social media.

“Chewe and Kapumba have been warn and cautioned for the offences of Prohibition of Pornography Contrary to section 102(a)(b) of the Electronic and Communications Transaction Act number 21 of 2009,Making a False Document contrary to section 344 , CAP 87, Uttering a false document contrary to section 352 of Cap 87 and Giving false information to a public officer contrary to section 125, CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia,” she said.

Mrs Katongo said the couple detained in police custody yet to be charged and will appear in court soon.

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Be wary of fraudsaters, in our recruitment process, police warn

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 POLICE have cautioned members of the public wishing to apply to join the police service to be weary of fraudsters who may create fake Facebook accounts using particulars and pictures of police officers with the motive of defrauding them.
In a media statement, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the police have not engaged any company or persons outside the institution to receive application letters on its behalf except for Commissioners of Police who are based at respective Police Provincial  Headquarters.
She police have already put in place modalities on how to receive application letters from applicants.
“All application letters should be taken to Police Provincial Headquarters,” she said
Mrs Katongo further said applicants are not expected to pay any money for them to submit application letters or secure employment as the whole process is done at no fee.
“We therefore, call upon members of the public to report all those that would be found soliciting for money from applicants on pretext that they would facilitate the securing of employment,” she said.

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