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RTSA,ZICTA caution against taking pictures of accident victims

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THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), have cautioned motorists and members of the public to refrain from taking pictures and videos of road traffic victims at accidents scenes.

In a joint statement signed by RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga and ZICTA corporate communication manager Ngabo Nankonde, the two institutions have reminded motorists and members of the public of their moral obligation to render assistance to road accident victims in order to save the lives of the injured as opposed to taking pictures and videos.

“Further, it is unethical to circulate pictures or videos in ‘bad taste’ such as those showing dead bodies and injured persons in road accidents,” read the statement in part,”

“The RTSA in collaboration with ZICTA is working out modalities on how to stop the growing trend of producing and circulating accident scene pictures and videos of both the deceased and injured on social media.”

The two institutions urged all motorists and members of the public to take responsibility and stop filming accidents victims but instead render assistance to save lives.

They further advised the public to report persons taking pictures and videos of the deceased and injured accident victims to the RTSA National Call Centre toll-free line – 983 or the ZICTA Toll-free line 7070 or the Zambia Police on 911 for action.

(Source: Kalemba)

 

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Court sentences a clearing agent 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for altering false import documents

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THE Nakonde Magistrate Court has sentenced a Clearing Agent of Ntindi Village to twelve (12) months imprisonment with hard labour for altering false import documents.

Teddy Sikaonga aged 29, was found guilty on eight (8) counts for altering import documents in order to clear goods with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).

In a statement, ZRA Corporate Communications Officer Topsy Sikalinda revealed that the court sentenced Sikaonga to twelve (12) months Imprisonment with Hard Labour on each count and further suspended the sentence for a period of twenty-four (24) months.

“The court ordered that Teddy Sikaonga will not conduct any business with the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) as a Clearing Agent for a period of 1 year and 6 moths effective from 23rd July 2020. Failure to observe the order he will serve a term of imprisonment of the suspended sentence,” Sikalinda said.

He said Sikaonga had presented false documents namely; four (4) invoices and four (4) bills of lading to Genuine Logistics Limited and Dumela West Freight Limited, both Clearing Companies to make declarations on his behalf because the Clearing company he was working for had been suspended by ZRA from conducting business.

Sikalinda added that the import documents presented by Sikaonga to the two companies showed that four trucks were carrying water pumps being imported into Zambia by Universal Mining Chemical Industries of Lusaka when in fact Universal Mining Chemical Industries had not imported any such pumps.

Sikalinda said the authority further established that the four trucks were in fact carrying clothing materials, 200 ml empty bottles, assorted bousehold items and building Material which were not imported by Universal Mining Chemical Industries but for other importers.

“The motive for using the falsified documents was done in order to avoid paying taxes because water pumps are zero-rated,” Sikalinda said.

And Sikalinda said the falsifying of the import documents could have resulted in revenue loss to the Government amounting to K443,341.

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Court jails Ndola woman, who stoned neighbor’s child, to five years imprisonment

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THE Ndola Magistrates Court has sentenced Madrine Numwa, an MTN employee of Ndeke Township to five years imprisonment for assaulting a five-year-old boy.

Numwa was arrested last year after the boy’s mother Caroline Mumba, 35 a resident of the same area reported the case to police.

According to Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga said on the material day, the boy and his friends were playing outside Numwa’s house while lighting fireworks.

She explained Numwa threw a stone at the children which hit the victim on the forehead and sustained a deep cut.

After months on trial, Namuwa was convicted today and sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour.

(Source: Kalemba)

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Police warn and caution Charles Siamutwa for giving false information to a public officer

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POLICE in Lusaka have warned and cautioned Charles Siamutwa for Giving False Information to a Public Officer.

Spokesperson Esther Katongo has disclosed in a statement to Mwebantu that in 2019, a client engaged Charles Siamutwa of Messrs Charles Siamutwa Legal Practitioners to represent him in a dispute involving the purchase and shareholding of Ultimate Insurance Company Ltd.

Katongo said Siamutwa allegedly organized two lawyers to represent the previous shareholders and Ultimate Insurance in filling in a Consent Judgement in the High Court of Zambia Commercial Registry on 29th May, 2019.

“It later turned out that the person that Charles Siamutwa organized to sign on behalf of Imasiku & Company was not a lawyer and that the law firm Imasiku & Company was at the material time had been declared insolvent,” Katongo said.

She said police have since warned and cautioned Siamutwa for Giving False Information to a Public Officer. He is in Police custody.

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