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.
Man kills step son for urinating on his bed, police say
TWENTY-SEVEN-YEAR-OLD of Kasama has allegedly murdered his two-year-old step son after he urinated on his bed.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale has told Mwebantu in a statement that Kabwe Boma 27 of Malaya village in Mungwi district allegedly murdered Able Mulenga.
Mr Mwale said the incident occurred on April 15 at around 10:00 hours in Mungwi district.
He said initial investigations revealed that the deceased had urinated on his bed and Boma wanted to discipline him.
Mr Mwale said the child suffered suspected internal injuries as kicks are alleged to have been used in the act.
“The body of the deceased has since been deposited in Kasama General Hospital Mortuary awaiting postmortem and burial,” he said.
Mr Mwale said a manhunt for the suspect has been launched.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front cadre, Charles Kakula has been charged and arrested with the subject offences of Criminal Trespass.
Mr Mwale said Kakula has further been slapped with Threatening Violence contrary to section 90(a) of the Penal Code of the laws of Zambia.
RTSA saddened by the death of, Ngongwe Zimba, in a road traffic accident
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is saddened by the death of a motorist who died in a road traffic accident involving five (5) motor vehicles in Lusaka.
RTSA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Gladwell Banda, has conveyed a message of condolences to the bereaved family, describing the accident as tragic and unfortunate.
He the deceased, Ngongwe Zimba, driver of the BMW with registration mark ALR 5979 died on the spot following the road crash which occurred around 09:00 hours yesyerday at the intersection of Mungwe Road and New Outer Ring Road in Lusaka West.
Mr Banda said the road traffic crash involved a Volvo truck registration mark BCC 3511, a Sino Howo truck registration mark 9541, a BMW registration mark ALR 5979 driven by the deceased driver Mr Zimba, a Toyota Vitz registration mark 790 and a Toyota Hiace registration mark ALV 1360.
He said the Agency has instituted investigations to establish the cause of the road traffic crash to ensure that such incidences are mitigated.
This is in a statement issued by RTSA head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga.
Police arrest Correctional officer of Mansa for attempted murder
A 31-YEAR-OLD Correctional officer of Mansa has been arrested for attempted murder.
On April 9, 2021 at 19:30 hours, Frederick Chishimba shot at Pathias Bwale aged 19 whom he suspected of being a thief.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale confirmed the incident in a statement issued yesterday.
He said the incident occurred at Regional Correctional offices in Mansa, Luapula Province.
Mr Mwale said the victim sustained a bullet wound on his left foot.
“The suspect is in police custody awaiting court appearance,” Mr Mwale said.