THREE (03) youths of Lusaka’s Chilenje Township have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for trafficking in suspected heroin.
And the Commission has also arrested two people in Shabati village in Chipangali Constituency of Eastern Province for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing over 400 kgs and trafficking in 25 grams of loose cannabis.
Those arrested and jointly charged from Chilenje include Innocent Kakulo, 33, Ozias Kaundula, 21, and Chungu Chomba aged 24, for trafficking in 15 sachets of suspected heroin.
DEC Spokesperson Theresa Katongo in a statement said the trio was picked at Chris Corner in Chilenje.
Meanwhile, Katongo said a special operation was conducted in Shabati village of Chipangali District on 2nd January, 2021 where two (2) people were arrested for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants weighing over 400 killograms and trafficking in 25grams of loose cannabis.
Katongo said the suspects identified as Gift Banda, 39, and Yona Phiri, 33, both peasant farmers of Shabati village, have been arrested and jointly charged for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants intercropped with maize weighing 421 kilograms.
She said in count two, Yona Phiri has been separately arrested for trafficking in 25 grams of loose cannabis concealed in a black polythene sack found in his bedroom.
She said they will appear in court soon.
Luanshya cop accused of raping a woman at the police inquiry’s office acquitted
A POLICE officer of Luanshya has been acquitted for raping a woman at the inquiry’s office, after the court ruled that the sex was consensual.
Dominic Miyoba, 52 was charged with two counts of rape and abuse of authority of office.
It was alleged that Miyoba, on March 22 last year, willfully and lawfully had carnal knowledge of a 20 year old woman without her consent.
In the second, Miyoba being a person employed by the Ministry of Home Affairs ,as a police officer, abused his office.
He pleaded not guilty to the first count, in which he was found guilty by the Luanshya magistrate court while the second count was withdrawn by the State.
And when the matter came up this morning before Ndola High Court judge, Mary Mulanda, The court established that Miyoba had carnal knowledge with the woman at the inquiry’s office.
Judge Mulanda however was not satisfied that the sexual activity was not consensual.
” I am of the view that she appreciated the nature of the act she was doing.On the totality of evidence, I find that lack of consent was not proved by the prosecution.
In the circumstances, I am not satisfied that the State have proved the case beyond reasonable doubt. I therefore acquit and quash the conviction of rape,” Judge Mulanda said.
And during trial, in the magistrate’s court, the court heard that Miyoba was found having sex with the woman by another police officer.
In his defence, Miyoba denied having sex with the woman.
And the woman told court that Miyoba forced her to have sex and threatened to beat her if she refused.