A ‘Zimbabwean business tycoon’ and three other criminals among them a 28-year-old woman have been sentenced to five years imprisonment for theft from a motor vehicle.
The criminals robbed a security guard Francis Kunda from Zambezi Portland Cement.
The security guard was sent by Zambezi Portland Cement managing director Gomeli Litana to withdraw the money.
This is in a matter where Owen Msimanga 48, of house number 161 in Matero, Norman Nguni 47 of house number 1126 Chunga Lusaka, Charles Lunga 45 of unmarked house in Matero, and Ethel Lyambai 28 of house number 1772, Muchinga Road, in Chunga, Lusaka.
The three Zimbabwean Nations and the Zambian woman are charged with theft from motor vehicle.
Particulars of the offence are that the four jointly and whilst acting together did steal K142,082 property of Gomeli Litana.
When the matter came up for plea before Ndola Principal Resident Magistrate Obbister Musukwa, Msimanga who introduced himself as a business executive, Nguni as a business tycoon, Lunga as a vendor and Lyambai as a business lady all pleaded guilty.
The three Zimbabwean Nationals said they stole because they wanted to pay for their children school fees, while Lyambai said she wanted to use it for sustaining the family.
In mitigation, the four asked the court to forgive them because they did not waste the courts time.
But Magistrate Musukwa said cases of theft from motor vehicle were on the rise in Ndola.
“Cases of this nature are so high in the district and a custodial sentence is appropriate. For the first three accused, I sentence you to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour while the fourth accused I sentence you to 5 years simple imprisonment effective today,” Magistrate Musukwa said.
Lusaka man murdered in Kabanana Township by unknown people, police say
A THRTY-FIVE year old man of Lusaka has been murdered by unknown people in unclear circumstances.
Isaac Chileshe of Kabanana Township was found dead yesterday at Sembo area.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo told Mwebantu that Chileshe is suspected to have been murdered between 11th April, 2021 at unknown time and 12th April, 2021 around 06:00 hours at Kabanana Sembo area where his body was found.
She said police visited the scene and found the deceased lifeless facing upwards with a deep cut on the back of the head.
“There were no instruments found at the scene .It is alleged that the victim left home on 11th April, 2021 around 1200 hours for a drinking spree and was found dead in the morning of yesterday. The body has been conveyed to UTH mortuary awaiting postmortem examination,” Ms Katongo said.
She said investigations have been launched.
Four people convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in cannabis
FOUR people in eastern province have been convicted and sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in nine polythene sacks containing dry loose cannabis weighing 865 Kilograms.
The four are among 10 people were arrested by Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) in Eastern and Copperbelt Provinces for trafficking in over 900 kilograms of loose cannabis.
The convict have been identified as Stanley Kunda, male aged 34, Melvin Chola, male aged 27, Joseph Tembo, male aged 28, Moses Banda, male aged 29 all of John Leing Compound in Lusaka.
They were intercepted at Nyalungwe National Parks Wildlife Checkpoint in Nyimba where they were found with nine polythene sacks containing dry loose cannabis weighing 865 Kilograms.
Meanwhile, another person on the Copperbelt province has been convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking for trafficking in dry loose cannabis plants concealed in two ‘ukwa’ bags weighing 41 Kilograms.
John Mumba 50 was convicted after he pleaded guilty to trafficking in cannabis.
Meanwhile five others who pleaded not guilty are expected to appear in court for trial.
The five accused persons include Kelvin Chileshe, aged 26, Memory Chisenga, aged 41, Shadreck Chinyala,aged 26, Joseph Mumba, aged 42 and Lewis Mwengwe, aged 26.
They were intercepted at Sabina Toll Gate in Kalulushi and were jointly charged for trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
DEC public relations officer Mathias Kamanga said in a statement that the convicts appeared in court and John Mumba pleaded guilty to the charge of trafficking in psychotropic substances contrary to the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, Chapter 96 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Mumba was convicted and sentenced to seven years imprisonment with hard labour. The case was adjourned for commencement of trial with regard to the other suspects,” he said.
In another incident, the Commission arrested Ray Russel, male aged 40 of Ganatone in Kitwe for trafficking in 4.5 kg of marijuana contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
The suspect was initially apprehended by Zambia Police Service for Gender Based Violence (GBV) offences and upon searching him, was found with some balls of marijuana.
“The Public is hereby informed that recent investigations conducted by the Commission have established a link between drug abuse and violence, particularly GBV. We therefore wish to appeal to members of the public to stop drug abuse as this leads to such vices as GBV and many other wrongs which go against the beliefs and values of this country,” Mr Kamanga said.