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Protesters loot Lusaka church, burn its contents on suspicion that there was an ilomba (mermaid) in it, police say

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested eight people for arson, proposing violence and assault.
This follows the burning down of Bethel Church of Zambia by a mob in Lusaka’s Chipata Overspill on suspicion that there was an ilomba (mermaid) in the Church.

The incident happened on yesterday between 19:00 hours and 23:20 hours.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said the resident had heard that a 52 year old Pastor at the church who resides at the same church has a sick son aged 30 who has been sick for some time.

“It is alleged that the mother in-law of the Pastor’s son who is sick went with a witch doctor at the house of the Pastor who is the father of the patient. Whilst there, the Witch doctor alleged that there was a Mamaid (ilomba) in the Church and that for him to cure the patient, he needed to go inside the Church to perform some rituals,” Katongo narrated.

Katongo said after the Pastor refused to allow the witch doctor in, it infuriated the mother in-law to the patient and the witch doctor who allegedly incited a mob that had gathered.
She said the angry mob stoned and set ablaze the Church and also razed down the wall fence to the church.

Katongo said police rushed to the area and managed to contain the situation and that one police officer was in the process stoned and he sustained a cut on the left cheek.
“The Church building had its doors and windows damaged while the plastic chairs and some benches were burnt, and some were stolen,” Katongo said.

She has identified those that have been arrested as Beatrice Manda aged 47 of Chipata over spill who is the mother in-law of the patient, Steve Mwanza aged 29 of Chazanga who a witch doctor involved, Jered Banda aged 25 of Chipata Compound, Michael Mwanza aged 35 of Chipata Overspill.

Katongo said others are Steve Kalusa aged 35 of Chazanga Compound, Felix Kasonde aged 27 of Chipata Compound, James Bwalya aged 20 of Chipata Compound and Caleb Ndalemeke aged 45 of Chipata overspill.

She said all the suspects are detained in police custody.

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Trade Kings motor vehicle broken into K 98,000 stolen, police arrest three suspects

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TWO (02) Zimbabwean nationals and one Zambian have been arrested by police for breaking into a Trade Kings car and stealing cash amounting to K98, 000.

And police have recovered K84, 000 out of the total stolen money and are further still looking for one more suspect who is still on the run.

Police around 11:30 hrs received a report of theft from motor a vehicle from Trade Kings Muchinga, Luapula and Northern regional manager Abbas Hussain aged 46yrs.

“He reported on behalf of the company that unknown persons did steal cash money from the company’s motor vehicle namely Toyota hilux bearing registration no. ALZ 3825 silver in color which was parked at indo Zambia bank along Independence road d/kasama by way of unlocking the drivers door and got away k98,025,” Hussain reported to police.

Acting on the report, the police made a follow up and found the criminals at Mwiluzi along Mbala-Kasama road where they had parked their Honda CRV registration No. ALP 2712 silver gray in color as they were changing a the front tyre.

Upon being challenged, the criminals ran in different direction and in the process, one suspect named Ndlovu Basil Bhekumuzi aged 40yrs of Bulawayo a Zimbabwean national was shot at in his left side of the thigh.

The two other suspects namely Soames Ndlovu aged 32yrs of 133 Matero East Lusaka also a Zimbabwean national based in Bulawayo and Silvester Phiri aged 38yrs of Matero Lusaka were apprehended.

“The suspect who was shot is recieving Medical treatment at kasama General Hospital whilst one suspect namely Amin (Mr Moyo) is on the run,”

Police have since retrieved K84,000 from the suspects and the vehicle which was being used has been impounded and kept as exhibits.

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Police arrest Chilombwana who raped women while armed with a Machete

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POLICE in Southern Province have apprehended a suspect who has been on the wanted list in connection with the spate of rape, unlawful wounding, arson, and assault cases experienced in Zimba and Kalomo Districts.

The suspect identified as Lucky Kaluwe aged 19 years commonly known as Chilombwana was apprehended by members of the public in Chilobe area of Chief Sipatunyana in Zimba District.

Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo in a statement said the suspect who had been on the police wanted list is alleged to have been armed with a Machete each time he committed offences and was relocating to other places after committing offences.

Katongo said the suspect was handed over to police on yesterday around 05: 30 hours by Mapatizya Member of Parliament Clive Miyanda.

“He has been Charged with one count of Arson, five counts of unlawful wounding and three counts of Rape. He is detained in custody and will appear in court soon,” Katongo said.

And Katongo commended members of the public in Chilobe area for acting swiftly in apprehending the suspect and further called on all those who could have been victims of attacks by the suspect to report to police.

(Picture by Byta FM)

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9 year old boy of Monze dies in an ox-cart accident, police say

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A nine (09) year old boy of Kwanu Village in Chief Choongo’s area of Monze District has died on the spot after an ox-cart he was in overturned.

Meanwhile, a 35 year old woman of Lusaka’s Bauleni Compound has allegedly been murdered by her boyfriend.

The accident happened yesterday at about 08:30 hours at Moonga Village in Monze and Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has identified the victim as Alick Hasumbwe.

Katongo said the accident happened when the ox driven Cart, on which the victim was traveling in, hit into a stone and overturned.

And Katongo said the body of the deceased has been deposited in Monze Mission hospital mortuary.

Meanwhile, a 35- year old woman of Bauleni Compound in Lusaka has allegedly been murdered.

Katongo said Alice Nyangu was found dead yesterday at around 11:00 hours in her house.

“Scene was visited and police suspect the victim to have been murdered as bruises were found on her left eye among other injuries,” Katongo said.

She said preliminary investigations have indicated that the victim had fought with her boyfriend in the night of 01 August, 2020 at unknown time .

And Katongo said police have already picked one suspect in connection with the murder while the body of the deceased has been deposited in the UTH mortuary awaiting post-mortem.

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