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.
A 31-year-old nurse of Kitwe allegedly raped while on duty in ward, police say
A 31-YEAR-OLD nurse of Kitwe has allegedly been raped by her workmate, a clinical officer while on duty.
It is alleged that incident happened at Care well private clinic in Nkana East while the victim was working when a clinical officer identified as Mathew Fwalanga took advantage of her.
Copperbelt Deputy Commissioner of Police Bothwell Namuswa has confirmed the incident in an interview.
Mr Namuswa said the suspect remained behind to study after he knocked off from work.
He said the victim asked to use the suspect’s phone but as she returned it, Fwalanga grabbed her hand and twisted her right hand from behind, pulled her into the ward.
Mr Namuswa said Fwalanga then forced her to bend down and pulled down her uniform trousers and pant and then penetrated her.
“It is alleged that the nurse asked for help from the suspect to phone the security guard so that she can send him to buy food. It was at this point that the clinical officer took advantage of the victim knowing that they were only two in the clinic and raped her,” Mr Namuswa said.
He said attempts by the victim to shout for help did not yield any results as there was no one at the clinic.
The deputy provincial police commissioner said after he finished raping her, the suspect left the health institution and is currently on the run.
“We have launched a manhunt to bring the suspect to book while the victim has been taken into hospital for medical examination and treatment after she complained of abdominal pains, “he said.
This comes barely days when Zambia is commemorating 16 days of gender activism to raise awareness about violence against women and girls.
Lt. Nigel Musonda Mwaba arrested in Lusaka
POLICE in Lusaka have apprehended a murder suspect in the case of Doctor Tasila Tembo.
Danny Mwale, Deputy Police Spokesperson has told Mwebantu in a statement.
Lieutenant Nigel Musonda Mwaba aged 33 of Plot number 3827 Balastone, Lusaka West was spotted at Memorial Park around 16 hours.
Lt. Mwaba has been positively identified by officials from the Ministry of Defence.
He is currently detained in Police custody.