TWENTY people have been arrested in Solwezi in connection with the illegal mining of gold in the province.
And 16 illegal gold miners have since been arrested and charged for being possession of 1701.6 grams of suspected gold concentrates.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has told Mwebantu that on Monday, September 11, this year, police received a tip-off from members of the public who suspected some people to have been conducting illegal business from a house belonging to a man identified as Valeta Ramon.
She said when police officers visited the premise, they intercepted four motor vehicles which were being driven in or out of the premises.
Mrs Katongo said 16 illegal miners were further apprehended at different times with different grams of suspected gold concentrate while three other people were caught in the act of smelting the suspected gold concentrate.
“15 Gas cylinders, 13 kilograms of gold concentrate, 48 pieces of suspected pure gold weighing 242.12 grams, cash money amounting to K413, 520. 00, 3 by 20 litres of acid and two scales were recovered.
The total number of suspects arrested in the gold scandal is twenty. This includes the owner of the house who surrendered himself to the police”, Mrs Katongo said.
She said the value of the recovered suspected gold concentrate is yet to be ascertained.
Mrs Katongo said four people have since been charged with the offence of fraudulently dealing in minerals without a License while 16 others have been charged with being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.
She said all the suspects will appear in court soon.
Terrifying moment, Lusaka woman arrested in connection with abduction of a man from Intercity Bus terminal.
POLICE have arrested a 35 year old woman of Lusaka’s Kuku compound for abduction and attempted murder.
It is reported that on October 22, 2020 around 09:00 hours, Mweeta together with Three men who are currently on the run did abduct Kenny Kabwe aged 23 of Kuku Compound from Intercity Bus terminal and bundled him in the boot of a car belonging to Mweeta who is also known to be a business lady at inter city bus terminal.
Acting Police Spokesperson Danny Mwale has disclosed in a statement to Mwebantu that the victim was taken to Blue water Dam in Kuku Compound where he was beaten before being thrown into the dam.
He said members of the public who were witnessing what was happening took note of the motor vehicle registration number and managed to rescue the victim who was half drowned.
“Kenny, who sustained a fractured left arm, was rushed to the Clinic by people who rescued him before reporting the matter to the police,” Mwale narrated.
He said the suspect was apprehended on Sunday after members of the public tipped police when they saw the same car at a named car park in Kuku Compound.
He said police have since launched a manhunt for the other three suspects and are yet to establish the motive behind the act.
One person dies in a road traffic accident in Lusaka, police say
ONE person has died in a fatal road traffic accident which occurred today around 05:00 hours on Great east road in Lusaka’s Marshland area.
Police spokesperson, Esther Katongo has confirmed the accident in a statement to Mwebantu.
Mrs Katongo said Bornface Tembo 49 of Garden compound who was driving a Toyota corolla registration number ABV 9569 sustained serious injuries while a passenger on the same motor vehicle identified as Peter Sampa whose age is not known, died on the spot.
She said a woman identified as Jacqueline Makayi aged 26 years of Rhodes Park in Lusaka who was driving a Toyota Lexus registration number BAL 6246 from west to east sustained serious injuries.
Mrs Katongo said the accident occurred when the driver of Toyota Lexus misjudged clearance distance or speed of the Toyota corolla hence hit into it.
“The injured are receiving medical attention while the body of deceased is in the mortuary awaiting postmortem,” she said.
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483 people die in road traffic accidents during the third quarter of 2020, police say
POLICE say 483 people died in road traffic accidents during the third quarter of 2020 out of the 390 fatal accidents that were recorded.
And police say a total number of 7,756 road traffic accidents were recorded during the same period of which 1,206 people were seriously injured, and 2,228 persons were slightly injured.
Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said 4, 019 were recorded as damages only road traffic accidents.
Katongo said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 4,335 followed by Copperbelt with 1,130 whilst Northern and Western Provinces recorded the least with 131 and 162 road traffic accidents respectively.
And Katongo said K12 million was raised from admission of guilty fines in the same period under review.