Chingola taxi driver left in shock after finding his motor vehicle stolen
A 28-YEAR-OLD taxi driver of Chingola district on the Copperbelt has been left distraught and in shock after a motor vehicle valued at K55, 000 was stolen.
The vehicle in question also had money amounting to K6, 000 which was meant to be cashed to his employer.
Francis Mumba is believed to have parked his vehicle, secured it and left the windows slightly open as he walked into the market to buy some vegetables around 10:00 hours.
However, when he returned, he found the vehicle was stolen.
Copperbelt Province commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said the incident occurred on Saturday, February 17th at New Kapisha market.
He said the incident was reported by Mr Mumba himself that a vehicle, Toyota Corolla registration number AFB 1602 which he operates as a taxi was stolen by unknown people.
“Brief facts are that the reporter went to buy vegetables and parked the vehicle at the market and left the drivers and passengers windows slightly open, leaving cash money K6,000 cashing for one month in the glove compartment and he carried the car keys. When he returned he found that the vehicle had been stolen,” he said.
He added that the vehicle is the property of Stable Kasonde aged 38, also of Chingola district.
Mr Mweemba said police have since instituted investigations into the matter.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)
Lusaka woman arrested as voice note alleging theft by CB minister traced to her phone.
A 59-YEAR-OLD woman of Lusaka’s Makeni area has been arrested following the circulation of a voice note implicating Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo in alleged financial misconduct.
Rebecca Mulenga of Christ the Redeemer Catholic church is alleged to have been the one circulating the audio on various WhatsApp groups linked to her phone.
She has since been charged with libel, C section 191 of penalty code Cap.87 and Harassment utilising means of Electronic communication C section .69 of Cyber security and Cyber-Crime Act of 2021.
Copperbelt Province commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said the incident is alleged to have occurred between January 1st and 31st.
“The Anti- fraud unit at Copperbelt Division Headquarters on January 31st, 2024 at 18:00 hours, received a report from the Copperbelt Minister Hon Elisha Matambo, after a voice note went viral on social media platforms alleging that the minister was a thief who had stolen public funds and that he has since acquired several trucks for sale in Ndola along Vitanda street and other properties among other accusations,” he said.
He said based on the report, officers instituted investigations into the matter.
Mr Mweemba said a search was conducted and preliminary clues indicated that the culprit who posted the audio on the WhatsApp group was in Makeni Lusaka.
“Further, the officers were then dispatched to Lusaka where Rebecca Mutale Mulenga, aged 59 years also of Christ the Redeemer Catholic main Church Makeni – Lusaka was apprehended on Thursday February 9th, 2024 and was transferred to Ndola the following day Friday February 10th,2024. A phone allegedly used in the commission of crime was recovered, seized from her and subjected for forensic scientific extract of the voice notes as well as examining other incrementing evidence at ZICTA on February 14th, 2024,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said the results were received from ZICTA on Friday , February 16th, 2024.
“The suspect has since been formally charged and arrested. she is still in police custody pending an appearance of Court on Monday 19th February 19th, 2024,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)
Farmer discovers three dead bodies while carrying out routine check on his maize
IN a bizarre and gruesome state of events, a farmer of Kasisi area of Lusaka province has discovered three dead bodies in his maize field.
The three bodies of two females aged between 22 and 25 and a male aged between 30 and 35 were discovered meters apart from each other.
The bodies which are yet to be identified are believed to have all been gruesomely axed on the neck and head areas.
Police have launched investigations behind the gruesome murder of the three whose bodies were in a decomposed state.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga who confirmed the gruesome incident to Mwebantu said it was reported on February 18th, 2024.
He said the axe used in the murder was also found at the scene some meters away from the bodies.
Mr Hamoonga said the incident was reported by Isaiah Lweela aged 47 of Kasisi Mine area.
“Brief facts are that on February 18, 2024 at around 15:00 hours, the reporter went to his farm to check on his maize field. As he was going round, he smelled a bad odor and saw a lot of flies nearby. He decided to check what was there only to find a dead body of a person. He went back to the village and informed people who went to the scene in large numbers and Later on discovered two more dead bodies and decided to report the matter to Police,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the Scene of Crime was visited by police and the bodies were three, two females aged between 22 and 25 and one of a male person aged between 30 and 35.
“The male body was found in the field with a deep cut on the head, clothed in a blue jean trousers, and white sneakers were recovered about 30 meters away from the body. 500 meters from the first body was another body of a female person with a deep cut on the right side of the neck. The third body of a female was discovered 80 meters from the second body with a deep cut on the head,” he said.
He explained that the axe suspected to have been used was recovered.
Mr Hamoonga said a yellow sweat shirt, white trousers, blue T-shirt, blue wrapper, a black cycling, a blue short and pink slippers were found and picked 30 meters from the third body.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)