TWO police officers from flying squad and two criminals died yesterday after an exchange of fire in Ndola.
Copperbelt province police commissioner Charity Katanga has confirmed this and says one of the members of the public was also injured in the process.
Katanga has identified the injured police officers as Sergeant Bernard Chilubula of Anti-robbery squad and Francis Kunda also a detective sergeant also of Anti-robbery squad while one of the criminals has only been identified as Phiri.
“The two criminals are aged above 35 years old and their bodies are in Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary. The bodies of the two police officers are also in Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary,” Katanga says.
And Katanga has identified the injured member of the public as Erick Zulu a brick layer aged about 30 years old.
She has revealed that two pistols were recovered and one greener short gun, and a Toyota corolla vintage which the criminals were using have also been recovered.
“The incident happened around 10:00hrs when the criminals stole K300 thousand cash from star bakery in Ndola and were being trailed by police,” says Katanga.
State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses
THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to have the 10 Higer buses worth K26million belonging to imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga forfeited to the State.
Further, the DPP wants forfeiture of K1.5million which is in the account for Chibeka Express Limited, the company which was operating the 10 Higer buses deemed to be proceeds of crime.
In a notice of motion filed by the DPP before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, the DPP says the properties should be seized because they are tainted.
The lawsuit comes after the Magistrate’s Court jailed Ms Katanga, Monday, after being found guilty of possession of the 10 buses deemed to be proceeds of crime, is the interested party.
In the DPPs documents, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC),
chief investigations officer Ewdin Mwanza submits that Ms Katanga Monday, February, 19, Ms Katanga was tried and convicted of the offence of possession of suspected proceeds of crime.
Mr Mwanza submits that court record will show that the former senior police officer’s conviction is based on her being found in possession of 10 higer buses whose registration numbers are; BAF 5118 ZM, BAF 5119 ZM, BAG 8558 ZM, BAG 8559 ZM, BAG 8733 ZM, BAJ 2476 ZM, BAJ 2590 ZM, BAJ 2919 ZM, BAV 2931, BAL 9126 ZM, all worth K26,282,770.
Mr Mwanza submits that the record will show that I also seized K1,55,005.15 in Chibeka Express Limited account number 9130000699156 Stanbic bank Ndola main branch which received these funds from the operations of the 10 higer buses found by this honourable court to be proceeds of crime.
He adds that the matter is a proper one in which the court can order that the buses and money in the account be forfeited to the State for being proceeds of crime.
The State prays that this court orders that the properties be forfeited to the State and paid into the government’s consolidated fund held at Central Bank.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024
Doctor who sued Mutale Mwanza says the TV personality has been elusive
A University Teaching Hospitals’ doctor who sued media personality Mutale Mwanza has been having challenging to personally serve court documents on the defendant.
The doctor, Natasha Mulenga, has submitted in the Lusaka HIgh Court through her lawyers that Ms Mwanza has been elusive.
The plaintiff consequently applied that she be allowed to serve the lawsuit through the media so that the defendant can easily see it, and her plea has since been granted.
A judge ordered that court process against the outspoken TV presenter be served the through the Zambia Daily Mail.
This is in a case Dr Mulenga sued Ms Mwanza demanding assault damages after the voice over artist wielded a gun at her during a road traffic misunderstanding on November 5 last year.
In her court documents, Dr Mulenga submitted in the Lusaka High Court that while driving home, she found a broken-down vehicle in Chainda area with traffic building behind it.
The doctor decided to keep to her lane and pass the scene in order for the built-up traffic to flow but before her vehicle passed the broken-down car, Ms Mwanza started flashing her lights at the doctor’s car.
The defendant then bypassed the broken-down vehicle, joining Dr Mulenga’s lane.
Upon Ms Mwanza blocking her vehicle, the Television personality disembarked from her vehicle with a firearm in her right hand, approached Dr Mulenga’s vehicle while shouting and banging on her vehicle.
The plaintiff said the incident caused her to suffer extreme trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety, and physiological distress and sleep disorder, nightmares and gastrointestinal upset.
She later submitted in court that she had challenges in personally serving the court summons on the defendant and that she attempted to deliver the court documents at her last known address in Salama Park but did not find her.
Dr Mulenga added that last month, her lawyers served the court documents at Ms Mwanza’s home where her son acknowledged receipt of the documents.
She adds that 14 days have passed since service of the said court process and the defendant has not entered appearance and defence.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 21st February, 2024)
Court issues bench warrant against Zindaba Soko
A BENCH warrant has been issued against former Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko.
A magistrate issued the arrest warrant against Mr Soko after he absconded court without a justified explanation.
The warrant was issued by Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga in whose court Mr Soko has been appearing.
The court case is supposed to resume on this week on February 22.
This is in a case Mr Soko and other two suspects are accused of forging a passport and National Registration Card (NRC) bearing a dead person’s name.
The case previously came up on February 9 this year for reading of facts in respect of one of Soko’s co-accused who pleaded guilty to the charge but the former was absent.
Mr Soko, aged 45, a transport consultant of Old Lilayi Road, is jointly charged with Ibrahim Mbongo, 24, who is a student of Libala South, Kelvin Kisambara, a businessman.
The trio is charged with forgery, uttering false documents, being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.
Particulars are that between January 1 and 17 this year, with intent to defraud, the accused allegedly forged NRC255428/10/1 in the names John Tembo, who was is believed to be dead.
The suspects allegedly purported to show that the NRC in question was genuinely issued by the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, when infact not.
Further, it is further alleged that Kisambara later fraudulently uttered the purportedly forged NRC to a banker at FNB bank in Chilenje.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st February, 2024)