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Road traffic accidents in 2020 claim 1,690 lives, police say

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OVER 1,000 people died last year as a result of road traffic accidents.
In a statement, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said during the year 2020, a total number of 28,484 road traffic accidents were recorded, of which 1,404 were fatal road traffic accidents in which 1,690 persons were killed.
She said 2,783 were serious road traffic accidents in which 4427 persons were seriously injured, and 5,729 were Slight injury road traffic accidents in which 8,190 persons were slightly injured with 18, 568 recorded as damage only road traffic accidents.
Mrs Katongo said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 15,740, followed by Copperbelt with 4,466 while Central recorded 2,026.
She said Southern recorded 1,455 North Western with 1,145, Eastern with 1,079, Luapula with 700, Muchinga with 631, Western with 609 and Northern Province recording 502 road accidents.
“In comparison with the year 2019, 30,648 road traffic accidents were recorded as compared to 28,484 road traffic accidents which were recorded in 2020. The figures show a reduction in road traffic accidents by 2,164.
In 2019, 1462 were recorded as fatal road traffic accidents in which 1746 persons were killed as compared 1404 fatal road traffic accidents where 1690 persons were killed in 2020.The record shows a decrease in both fatal road traffic accidents by 58 and in persons killed by 56.2940 were recorded as serious road traffic accidents in which 5012 persons were seriously injured in 2019 as compared to 2783 serious road traffic accidents where 4427 persons were seriously injured in 2020,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said figures still show a decrease in serious road traffic accidents by 157.
Meanwhile, Mrs Katongo said K 45,844,721.00 was raised from the 128,529 road traffic offences committed in 2020 to 2019, where 145,984 road traffic offences were recorded from which K 44,731,459.00 was raised in admission of guilt fines
“This shows a reduction in recorded road traffic offences by 17,455 while the money collected as admission of guilt fines has risen by K 1,113,262.00,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said Most of the accidents recorded were attributed to human error as excessive speed among others.

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Mabumba was not arrested because he neither recorded himself nor circulated the video, police say

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POLICE have clarified that the pornographic video which emerged last year showing former minister of education David Mabumba was done without his knowledge.
Reacting to concerns by journalists on why police arrested a couple of Lusaka leaving other notable figure such as Mr Mabumba and others, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said investigations revealed that it was not Mr Mabumba who recorded it.
She said the video was done without Mr Mabumba knowing and was later circulated after a failed attempt to extort money from him.
“I think I gave a clear explanation about Mr Mabumba’s issue , unless it was difficult to understand. Go and read the law.The first question is, who produced Mr Mabumba’s video? When it was recorded, was he aware, second question is, who circulated it? Police investigations revealed that it was not honourable Mabumba who recorded it. It was done without him knowing and was later circulated after a failed attempt to extort money from him.
She however said police are still looking for a person who produced and circulated the video.
“I won’t give any further explanation because if you do not understand what the law says and if you have already taken a stance, you may not understand. So in short in honourable Mabumba’s case, we are looking for a person who produced and circulated. How does this become selective application of the law,” she questioned.

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Police arrest couple over their pornographic video on social media with gospel music playing in the background

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POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a couple for allegedly circulating their pornographic video on social media with gospel music playing in the background.

In a media statement issued, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said police through the Cyber Crime Unit commenced investigations into a case of obscene material which was circulating on various social media platforms with gospel music playing in the background. She said investigations into the matter led to the arrest of John Chewe aged 31, a pharmacist and Angela Kapumba aged 24, a dental assistant both working at a private Hospital in Lusaka.

Mrs Katongo said the duo had initially reported to Luckson Mapushi Police Post from where they obtained a Police report that on February 19,between 02:00 hours and 05:00 hours, unknown people had broken into their motor vehicle and stole a phone which was containing the said video and later circulated on various social media platforms without their knowledge.

She however said investigations revealed that there was no such incidence involving the theft of the mobile phone in question and that the report given to police was aimed distancing themselves from what was circulating on social media.

“Chewe and Kapumba have been warn and cautioned for the offences of Prohibition of Pornography Contrary to section 102(a)(b) of the Electronic and Communications Transaction Act number 21 of 2009,Making a False Document contrary to section 344 , CAP 87, Uttering a false document contrary to section 352 of Cap 87 and Giving false information to a public officer contrary to section 125, CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia,” she said.

Mrs Katongo said the couple detained in police custody yet to be charged and will appear in court soon.

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Be wary of fraudsaters, in our recruitment process, police warn

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 POLICE have cautioned members of the public wishing to apply to join the police service to be weary of fraudsters who may create fake Facebook accounts using particulars and pictures of police officers with the motive of defrauding them.
In a media statement, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said the police have not engaged any company or persons outside the institution to receive application letters on its behalf except for Commissioners of Police who are based at respective Police Provincial  Headquarters.
She police have already put in place modalities on how to receive application letters from applicants.
“All application letters should be taken to Police Provincial Headquarters,” she said
Mrs Katongo further said applicants are not expected to pay any money for them to submit application letters or secure employment as the whole process is done at no fee.
“We therefore, call upon members of the public to report all those that would be found soliciting for money from applicants on pretext that they would facilitate the securing of employment,” she said.

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