AS the nation awaits sentencing of the two abductors next Thursday, June 22, 2023, this is how one of the victims was abducted a month before the survivors escaped.
A Judge, in the abduction court case of 13 women who were held hostage in Chalala, heard that on September 18, 2022, the last abducted victim, who will be referred to as RB, aged 21, received a phone call from her school mate and friend, who will be referred to as GS.
At this point, RB was talking to GS on phone not knowing that the friend had been abducted and was speaking under threats and violence from abductors James Bwalya and Mathews Sikaonga.
In the conversation, RB asked GS if she knew anyone who gave out loans because her boyfriend urgently needed the money.
GS then gave RB two phone numbers of people who gave out loans.
The following day, GS called RB and asked her to meet her at cosmopolitan mall so that RB could collect a laptop and a phone from her to be used as collateral for the loan her boyfriend urgently needed.
When RB got to the mall, she phoned GS who told her that she [RB] should instead wait for her [RB] boyfriend’s young brother who would bring the laptop and phone to her.
After 15minutes, Bwalya, the abductor, met RB at the mall and introduced himself as GS’s boyfriend’s brother.
Bwalya then told RB that he had ‘forgotten’ the said laptop and phone at his home in Chalala and asked that the two should go and collect the items.
The two then proceeded to Chalala and upon arrival, RB found Sikaonga and her schoolmate GS and another abducted girl, seated in the Livingroom.
At this point, GS informed RB that she had been kidnapped. Bwalya and Sikaonga ordered RB to sit down on the floor before slapping her and forced her to drink beer and dance sexually.
They slapped RB each time she tried to refuse dancing seductively or to drink beer until she bled from the nose before they took her to a pantry where she spent a night with 12 other girls abducted between March and August, 2022.
After five days, the two abductors called RB, grabbed her by the throat, chocked her to the point of losing breath and forced her to have sex with them under threat of death.
On October 2, 2022, the abductors asked RB to call her relatives and ask them to send money but she never gave them a satisfactory answers which invited torture.
The angered boys beat RB and the other women with iron bars, a one hour torture session which left RB with cuts on her buttocks, face and fingers.
The abductors threatened to kill all the 13 women if their parents failed to send money.
This was part of the facts read last Thursday, May 8, before Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda in the case Bwalya and Sikaonga pleaded guilty to 54 counts of rape, abduction, assault and others.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 12th June, 2023)
‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka
LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.
Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.
In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.
Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.
“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”
Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.
“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
Lusaka farm workers run after stealing 150 pigs from employer, police say
THREE farm workers are on the run after they allegedly stole 150 pigs valued at K1.5 million.
The three are Peter Mumba aged 40, Isaac Banda aged 36 and Boniface Banda aged 20.
A manhunt has been launched to bring the suspects to book.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident allegedly took place on Friday December 8th between 19:00 to 20:00 hours.
He said the report of theft by servant was received from Veronica Phiri, the owner of the farm in the industrial area.
“Brief facts of the matter are that the reporter (farm owner) employed the trio at her farm two years ago. On December 7,2023,She visited her farm and everything was intact. However, on December 9,2023 around 10:00 hours,She received a phone call from her neighbour that there was no one at her farm including all workers and their wives.She later drove to her farm and found no body and all her livestock had been stolen,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said she then immediately reported the matter to Westwood Police Station.
He added that Police Officers visited the scene of crime and found no workers at the farm and all the pigs had been stolen.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)
Suspected criminal shot dead in Lusaka
POLICE have gunned down a suspected criminal believed to be behind a spate of robberies.
The suspect only known as Jack TC is believed to have committed a spate of crimes with his colleagues who are on the run.
Jack TC was renting an apartment in Kalundu area of Lusaka and allegedly hired a vehicle three months prior, which he used to commit the said crimes.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the unfolding of the crimes started on November 29,2023, during routine patrols when officers spotted a Silver Toyota Ractis bearing Registration CAC 825 ZM which was suspiciously parked along a small gravel road.
He said when challenged, the occupants started the motor vehicle and spade off almost hitting one of the officers.
“This prompted officers to fire warning shots and consequently three suspected criminals escaped and abandoned the vehicle. A set of number plates bearing Registration number BAE 6146 ZM, were recovered. The vehicle was later discovered to have been hired out to Clement Katunga of Katungu farms in Makeni through our investigations,” he said.
He said later on December 7, 2023 around 09:00 hours, officers went to Lusaka west in Kalundu area where they found that the suspect was renting an apartment.
Mr Hamoonga said when officers approached the apartment, two suspected criminals came out and jumped over a wall fence with a lazer wire.
He explained that several warning shots were fired towards the two escaping criminals who nevertheless disappeared into a thicket in the neighboring farm.
“Unfortunately, when officers conducted a search around the thicket, one suspected criminal only known as Jack TC was found lying on the ground after he sustained bullet wounds and lazer wire respectively. He was rushed to University Teaching Hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” he said.
Meanwhile, at the apartment officers recovered the following Unregistered Mark X grey in colour ,13 ladies hand bags, a set of four black mag rims wheels, with tyres, two sets of Number plates BAX 3769 and SHIKY 1, a double sticker seal tape, two pairs of ladies shoes, ÀB BANK Cash withdraw slip by IFO SABRIE KALID, a Gun case, FNB ATM bearing card number 1646, a Money tag Slip from Atlas Mara Zambezi mall and two NRCs bearing the names of Samuel Zulu and Mooba Habombe
Mr Hamoonga said also found was a driving licence for Clement Katunga ,Sherbourne lodge identity card for manager ,12 – 2023 Inclusive Sports Festival T-shirts, eight laptop bags, six Travelling bags, four suitcases and two kit bags.
“The Owner of the Ractis vehicle has identified the now deceased as the person who had in fact hired his vehicle for at least three months.
Investigations have since been instituted and a manhunt for the suspect who escaped is on,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)