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Female ZAF officer jailed 6 yrs for assaulting niece 

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THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has jailed a Zambia Air Force (ZAF) officer six years simple imprisonment for assaulting her 11-year-old niece.
Lusaka magistrate Nthandose Chabala found ZAF officer Mildred Luwaile guilty of assault on a child and convicted her accordingly.
The magistrate said after considering evidence on record,  the prosecution have proved the case against Luwaile beyond reasonable doubt, adding that it was also well corroborated.
Luwaile on March 25, 2019 in Lusaka, assaulted her nice who is under the age of 16 and occasioned her actual bodily harm.
The niece had given a moving account on Oath on how Luwaile had on several occasions beaten her and burnt her body with hot objects.
But when placed on defence, Luwaile denied assaulting the victim, calling her a habitual liar with a tendency to fabricate stories.
She also denied burning the victim, explaining that she burnt herself after dropping a bucket of hot water as she was in the same room with her child.
Magistrate Chabala wondered why only the niece got burnt after the bucket of hot water allegedly fell as claimed by Luwaile when even her child was in the same room.
She said the girl’s evidence before court was corroborated by the medical report which was presented and other evidence from State witnesses such as the police.
Magistrate Chabala said Luwaile’s husband told the court that if the wounds were sustained outside the home, the wife would have told him that the girl was injured from outside the home.
“I find you Mildred Luwaili guilty as charged and convict you as charged,” she said.
Luwaile in her mitigation asked for leniency but magistrate Chabala sentenced her to six years simple imprisonment with effect from today.

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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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