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Police arrest businessman for possession of fireams and prohibited articles

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POLICE in Rufunsa are holding a Kitwe businessman for possession of fireams and prohibited articles and suspected stolen motor vehicle.
According to police Spokesperson Esther Katongo, on February 18, 2021around 05:00 hours intercepted and apprehended Bright Machina, 39.
She said Machina of Mabvuto close, Parklands in Kitwe was driving a Toyota Corolla registeration number ABE 1000, which looked suspicious as it had it’s number plate folded.
“…when searched, the suspect was found with a shotgun, an air gun, two Kenwood radios, two Motorola radios of which one is mounted on the same vehicle, a  blue police coat, one black police helmet, one police bullet vest, a teargas canister and a green military vest. It was also discovered that the engine number on the vehicle he was driving did not match with particulars on other motor vehicle documents,” said Katongo.
“The suspect is further reported to have failed to  produce  documents pertaining to the firearms, motor vehicle and an Identity Card to substantiate his claims that he is a police reserve and that he runs a security company. He is detained in Police custody and investigations have continued.”
And Katongo said police in Mafinga district are looking for two brothers who murdered the father.
“Police in Mafinga District are looking for three suspects  identified as Jailos Kafunda, James Mutambo and one other unknown person in connection with the murder of Feckson Mutambo aged 59 of Kakusa Village who is also village headman Kakusa. The murder occurred on 19th February, 2021 around 18:00 hours in Kakusa Village, Chief Chifungwe of Mafinga District,” she said.
“According to the wife of the victim, Feedless Nangogo 46, her husband  was hacked to death by his two Young brothers Jailos Kafunda, and James Mutambo and one unknown person all of Kakusa village and he sustained three deep cuts in the head as an axe is alleged to have been used in the act. On 19th February, 2021 around 18:00 hours, the victim was home with his wife Feedless Nangogo who was preparing a meal while their Son Maybin Mutambo aged 22 was in the house.”
Katongo explained that the wife went in the house to get mealie meal leaving the now victim alone in the kitchen outside and when she returned, she found the suspects standing outside near the kitchen.
“When the victim went to greet  them, the suspects begun beating him and hacked him in the head using an axe. The wife and son who went to his rescue were overpowered and in the process the wife was assaulted and sustained a swollen left hand. The suspects later fled and left the victim in a pool of blood in unconscious state. The victim died on the way to the local clinic and arrangements are being made to transport body to Isoka District Hospital for postmortem,” said Katongo.
“The reason behind the murder is that the victim was being suspected to be behind the death of a family member who died in June 2020. All the suspects are currently on the run and a manhunt has been launched. Members of the public with information on the whereabouts of the suspects should quickly report to police.”

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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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