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More women than men were in the final quarter 2020 abused, police say

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MORE women than men were in the final quarter of last year abused, according to the Police statistics.
In terms of gender vulnerability, a total of 6,419 females representing 75 percent were abused during the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared with 5,788 females during the third Quarter of 2020.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo announced in a media statement that a total of 8,557 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) were reported Countrywide during the fourth Quarter of 2020 compared with 7,640 cases reported countrywide indicating an increase compared to the third quarter.
She said 1,723 juveniles were abused countrywide representing 20 percent of all the victims of GBV.
Mrs Katongo said out of the 1,723 juvenile victims, 1,298 were females representing 75 % while 425 were males representing 25% of all abused juvenile victims respectively.
She said 5,121 female adults and 1,713 male adults were abused countrywide representing 60% and 20 % respectively.
“Under sexual abuse, 787 cases of sexual offences were recorded representing nine percent of all the reported cases. Out of these, 622 victims were female juveniles translating to 79%, 163 victims were female adults translating to 20.7%, 03 victims were male juveniles translating to 0.4%, whilst 03 victims were male adults translating to four percent.
She said in the third quarter of 2020, 832 cases of sexual offences were recorded representing 11% of all the reported cases.
Mrs Katongo said a total of 586 cases of Child defilement translating to seven percent were recorded, of which 585 were female juveniles and one case of male juvenile was recorded representing 99.8% and 0.2% of all the reported cases respectively.
She said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of child defilement cases with 257 translating to 44% of the child defilement cases reported country wide while Eastern Province recorded 63 cases, followed by Central Province with 62 cases.
“Southern Province had 53 cases and Copperbelt Province recorded 39 cases of all the reported defilement cases. North Western recorded 38, Muchinga 23, Western 19, Luapula recorded 17, Northern 09 representing, Airport Division recorded one case,” she said.
Mrs Katongo further said 106 rape and 13 attempted rape cases were recorded during the period.
“The country also recorded 32 cases of indecent Assault out of which 28 victims were female adults, three female juveniles, and one male. 15 cases of incest were recorded in which 11 were female juveniles, three female adults and one male adult as victims.
Meanwhile, 22 murder cases were recorded with 17 victims being female adults representing 77%, three male adults translating to 14%, while one victim was a male juvenile and one was a female juvenile.
“Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of Assault OABH cases at 547, followed by Central Province which recorded 340 cases and Muchinga with 243, Copperbelt had 238, Eastern, 174 cases, North Western had 151, Western Province had 144 cases while Southern Province recorded 81 cases.
Luapula had 55 cases, Tazara 36 cases and Northern Province had 34 cases,” she
Mrs Katongo said police will continue conducting sensitisation on the vice and has resolved to encourage victims of GBV to continue reporting perpetrators of crime for possible prosecution.

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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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