EIGHTEEN (18) died while 118 others sustained injuries in different road accidents during the just ended long holiday.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo disclosed in a statement to Mwebantu that this is out of the total 236 accidents recorded during the same period.
“During the 2020 Heroes and Unity holiday, a total number of 236 Road Traffic accidents were recorded of which 14 were Fatal in which 18 persons were killed, 20 were serious road traffic accidents in which 36 persons were seriously injured, 52 were Slight road traffic accidents in which 82 persons were slightly injured,” Katongo revealed.
Katongo said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 117, one death, three persons seriously injured while 22 suffered slight injuries, followed by Copperbelt with 33 road traffic accidents, two deaths and nine persons slightly injured.
Katongo said Central Province was third with 25 road traffic accidents, five deaths, seven seriously injured and four slightly injured, followed by Southern Province with 13 road traffic accidents with six persons seriously injured and 11 slightly injured.
She said Eastern Province had 18 road traffic accidents with eight deaths, seriously injured and 10 slightly injured, and Northern Province had four road traffic accidents with one death recorded, three persons seriously injured and nine slightly injured.
She added that North Western Province recorded four road traffic accidents with two persons slightly injured, Luapula had 10 road traffic accidents with four persons seriously injured and 10 slightly injured, Western Province had seven road traffic accidents with two persons sustaining slight injuries and four slightly injured while Muchinga Province recorded five road traffic accident with one death, four persons seriously injured while one was slightly injured.
And Katongo said the reduction in road traffic accidents during Heroes and Unity Holiday of 2020 as compared to 2019 can be attributed to restricted movements in the advent of COVID 19 as well as the presence of Traffic Police officers on major roads and accident prone areas.
Police have arrested 43 people for illegally patronizing bars and night clubs amidst the COVID-19 health restrictions
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested 43 people for illegally patronizing bars and night clubs amidst the COVID-19 health restrictions.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo says the arrests were made during an operation which was conducted last night.
She said among those arrested are 16 females and 27 males who were picked from different premises including Shamrock Lodge where 17 people were apprehended, Scorpion Night club where seven people were apprehended, Zero Degree Night club where 12 were apprehended, KCC Night Club where three people were apprehended.
“All the mentioned night clubs are located in Kabwata Others were apprehended from Chawama and Woodlands,” Katongo said.
She said they have all been charged with Conduct likely to cause the breach of peace.
Katongo said the police will make a recommendation to the Lusaka City Council (LCC) to revoke trading licenses on all erring bars and night clubs.
” Among the arrested were bar attendants. These operations will continue countrywide hence members of the public are advised to adhere to Public Health regulations and avoid finding themselves in confrontation with the Police,” said Katongo.
10 year old girl of Mumbwa dies after she was defiled by two men of the same family, police say
A Ten (10) year old girl of Mumbwa has died after she was defiled by two men of the same family.
The deceased child was found in unconscious state and rushed to the hospital where she later died.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has confirmed the development to Mwebantu in a statement and has identified the suspects as Harry Kandolo aged 25 years and Jack Kandolo aged 20 years both of Makondo Village in Chief Kaindu of Mumbwa District .
Katongo said the incident happened on between Sunday at 18:00 hrs and Monday at 11:00 hrs at the same village.
“The victim later died in Mumbwa District Hospital at around 22:00 Hours on 10th August 2020 and the body is in Mumbwa District Mortuary waiting for post-morterm, Katongo revealed.
She said the suspects have been apprehended and are detained in Police custody yet to be charged with murder.
Trade Kings motor vehicle broken into K 98,000 stolen, police arrest three suspects
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.