LUSAKA High Court judge Wilfred Muma has ordered that a maid and her daughter be detained at the President’s pleasure for killing six family members.
And judge Muma has entered a verdict of not guilty against Jennifer Mwanza Chilimungula and Delia Mwanza by reason of insanity and acquitted Susan Chimfwembe who was jointly charged with them.
The trio was arrested in 2016 on six counts of murder.
Delia was at the time a grade eight pupil.
It was alleged that the trio jointly and whilst acting together between July 28, 2016 and August 1, 2016 in Lusaka murdered Albert Mwanza, Brian Banda, Martha Beauty Mwanza, Amos Banda, Leo Mwanza and Blessings Mwanza. Albert Mwanza, who was Jennifer’s husband, was killed together with their children.
The bodies with missing heads of adults and juveniles were discovered in an unfinished structure in Chalala residential area in August 2016.
In the same unfinished building, a cooked head of a baby was discovered in a pot.
It was heard that before killing the six, Jennifer whom a doctor confirmed to have been a psychotic at the time of committing the crime and a prophetess, had made a statement or pronouncement that she wanted all the children in the house to be killed so that they can resurrect.
A witness had narrated that she heard the children screaming from the room where they had slept with their mother, Jennifer, and Chimfwembe and when she peeped, she saw Jennifer sitting on top of three children before killing them.
When Jennifer’s husband asked about the whereabouts of the children, he was told that they had gone playing.
Jennifer’s husband insisted to see the children and it was at this point that she attacked him and asked Delia to fetch a knife and hoe which she used to kill him.
In his judgement, judge Muma said he had no reason to doubt evidence from the witnesses who lived in the same house with Jennifer.
Judge Muma said it was also true from the doctor’s findings that Jennifer has a major psychotic disorder and it was the opinion of the doctor that she was labouring under the influence of the disorder at the time of the commission of the offence.
He said Jennifer was not expected to be fit to take plea, stand trial and follow proceedings.
In respect of Delia, judge Muma held that according to the observation of the doctor, she was not aware of the wrongness of the act due to the shared psychotic disorder.
He entered a verdict of not guilty against Jennifer and Delia and ordered that they be detained at the President’s Pleasure.
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.
Zambian truck driver who was shot in South Africa dies
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.