THE LUSAKA High Court has convicted two Zambia Army soldiers, a Zambia Air Force office assistant and a witchdoctor and sentenced them to death for carrying out ritual killings which resulted in the death of seven men in 2016.
After killing their victims, the group surgically snatched their ears, hearts and penises and now they will face the hangman for their henious crimes.
Zambia Army warrant officer class two from Signal Squadron (Arakan Barracks) and his Solwezi-based counterpart Army staff sergeant Elvis Nyanga along with Zambia Air Force assistant Christopher kasapo and witch doctor Lewis Chishimba Bwalya were convicted by Lusaka High Court Judge Florence Lengalenga this afternoon.
The trial has been on since 2016 but it only took five hours for Judge Lengalenga to pronounce a guilty verdict on all of them.
They were jointly charged for the murder of seven men.
At the height of their illegal and fatal surgeries that began on March 5, the four plied their norcuternal practice around George, Lilanda, and Matero Compounds in Lusaka sending fear in the hearts of residents.
As news of the group’s ungodly killing campaign spread, frightened men suspended all their out-of-home evening activities and would be under lock and key of their houses by 14:00 hours.
Living in a Christian nation, Zambian men domiciled in Lusaka also understood too well that their reproductive organs needed maximum protection since they were an important “tool” in carrying out the Biblical command of “filling the earth”.
But by April 16, seven unlucky and innocent men including Clever Changwe, William Chela, Elias Phiri, Boris Muzumara, Alex Zulu, Amon Sichamba and Anthony Mwape had lost their lives and the hands “Ma Setti” surgeons.
They were all killed in similar fashion with their hearts removed while their ears, and male organs were mutilated.
The murders eventually sparked unrest in Compounds around Lusaka in which foreign-owned businesses were looted and their owners displaced.
Police eventually arrested the quartet and pinned the murders on them.
After a five-year trial in which 21 witnesses testified against the four, judgment came up the Lusaka High Court this afternoon.
As Judge Lengalenga read the judgment, the four men sat in the accused dock together, masked against COVID-19 and observing social distance for the last time – the verdict sent them to the crowded Mukobeko Maximum Prison.
Judge Lengalenga concluded that the Prosecution team had proved it case against the group beyond reasonable doubt.
(Picture by Salim Dawood)
South African Award-winning Rapper AKA’s Fiancee dies in a Cape Town hotel tragedy
Tragedy has truck AKA and the Forbes and Tembe families as his Fiancee, Nelli Tembe, jumped off the 10th Floor of the luxurious Pepperclub Hotel in Cape Town this morning and has sadly passed away. Police have opened an investigation into the death and events that took place at the five-star Hotel.
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, Forbes gained significance after releasing his single “Fela in Versace” which was a global success and is widely considered one of the most successful and talented Hip-hop artists to come out South Africa.
The Sunday World broke the news that AKA’s fiancee, whom he engaged 2 months ago, had battled depression and allegedly committed suicide by jumping off the skyscraper building in Cape Town’s CBD. It is reported that AKA is not taking the death of his fiancee well, and is surrounded by close friends and relatives.
News of his engagement went viral on Social Media as it was announced that AKA had paid “Lobola” for Nelli Tembe and the death has come as a shock to the Forbes and Tembe families and a statement from both families is reportedly to be issued soon.
In a post on both Instagram to his 2.8 million followers and Twitter to his 4.8 million followers, the popular Rap Artist shared a picture of Nelli Tembe’s hand with a ring on her finger on the 22nd of February 2021. The caption read: “21/02/21 – love of my life said Yessss”.
— AKA (@akaworldwide) February 22, 2021
A video posted on Twitter shows the General manager of the Pepperclub hotel, Efi Ella saying that he got a call around 7:30am that they was an incident and the Police were called immediately.
Pepperclub Hotel general manager Efi Ella said they got a call at 07:30 on Sunday morning about an “incident” involving a 22-year-old female. It is reported that the victim fell from the tenth floor of the Hotel. Pathologists wrapped up the scene at about 13:00. @TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/RnqVxJCQ2x
— Aron Hyman (@aron_hyman) April 11, 2021
“It is a young girl, aged 22. At this stage the Police are still investigating.”
“Paramedics on scene have said a female had allegedly jumped from the 10th floor of that building. When paramedics arrived on scene, she had sustained polytraumatic injuries,” Netcare 911 spokesperson Shawn Herbst said.
“She was in a critical condition and they started a full life-support resuscitation. Unfortunately her injuries were too severe and she was declared deceased,” he added.
Western Cape’s SA Police Service Media Liaison, Captain FC van Wyk has said crime-scene experts were looking for clues at the hotel.
“Cape Town Central police are investigating an inquest case after an incident at a hotel this morning at about 7.45am on the corners of Loop and Bloem streets, Cape Town CBD, where the body of a 22-year-old woman was found deceased,” the police said in a statement.
It is alleged that AKA was in the hotel with Nelli Tembe prior to the tragic event that took place. This is a developing story and more news to follow as the investigations are carried out.
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Ndola Police arrest teen “vampire” girl
A THIRTEEN-year-old girl of Ndola has lodged in a strong bid for the title of ‘Zambia’s Most Bizarre Crimes’ after she turned into vampire and sank her teeth into the privates of a 4-year-old girl she kidnapped.
With names withheld due to the age of both the offender and victim, Copperbelt Police Commissioner Elias Chushi has revealed that police have detained a 13-year-old girl of Mapalo Township in Ndola for biting off the private parts of a 4-year-old fellow female child.
According to police investigations, the 13-year-old picked the toddler from a random yard in Mapalo Township and embarked on taking the child for prayers in Chipulukusu Township.
However, passersby were alarmed by the wailing child who was also dripping blood. They effected a citizen’s arrest and noticed that the infant had bite marks on her private parts and was bleeding profusely.
Uncharacteristic of Zambian mobs which usually apportion beatings on offenders, the girl was handed over to Mapalo Police Station where she remains detained.
Meanwhile, police say that earlier in the day at 14:00 hours, Mary Kalima,40 the infants mother had reported to police of her child missing.
Meanwhile, the community of Mapalo has been divided over the incident with some saying the offender was involved in occult dark arts hence her puncturing the infant to drink blood whilst the less superstitious have alleged that the girl was insane.