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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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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.

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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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