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Abductors jailed for life over abduction and brutal sexual assault on 13 victims



JUSTICE for the 13 young women who were abducted and repeatedly sexually abused finally prevailed this morning when a judge sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda said considering the gravity of the physical and mental torture occasioned on the victims, especially two of the 13, he needed to pass a maximum sentence of the convicts.

In respect of the first woman and the sixth who were abducted and brutally sexually abused, Judge Kafunda sentenced James Bwalya, 23, and Mathews Sikaonga, 22, to life imprisonment for rape.

The first women to be abducted was at the time pregnant and was kidnapped together with her three year old child.

Judge Kafunda said facts reveal that she was physically assaulted after her abduction until she became unresponsive.

“Later on, she was raped by the convicts in the presence of her three-year-old daughter,” the judge said adding that

“This happened several times until the convicts decided to release FM’s daughter by dumping her near the police station and they continued to have forced and violent sexual intercourse with her”.

The court also heard that the other victim who was targeted like her pregnant colleague, was also kidnapped and hit with an iron bar and fractured her leg.

She was brutally beaten after she strongly resisted to be raped by the convicts.

But the convicts, despite breaking the victims leg, continued to have forcibly have sex with her against her will during her period of confinement between March and October 2022.

The Judge said continuous mass rape of the victims by the two youths obviously exposed them to the possibility of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.

The judgement took consideration of reports presented by the victim’s psychotherapists during sentence hearing which revealed that the victims will suffer long term trauma which will affect their career prospects.

Reports from psychotherapists also shows that the victims will suffer long term trauma and that their education and career prospects will be affected negatively.

“During the abduction, the victims were subjected to physical abuse, poor nutrition, forced alcohol abuse and forced injection of family planning pills,” the judge said.

He said that the convicts needed to be punished for their atrocious acts calculated to gain sexual gratification.

“The courts must handout appropriate sentences in the manner the crime was committed.

The seriousness of the offences have been discussed. The manner the offenses were inflicted were extremely violent,” Judge Kafunda said.

On top of the life stench, Judge Kafunda also sentenced the convicts to sentences ranging between three years to 50 years, the run concurrently(side by side).

In their mitigation, the convicts apologized saying they thought what they were doing were just games and did not know the seriousness.

Their lawyer also told the court to be lenient since they are young and first offenders who pleaded guilty to abduction which is not prevalent.

But the mitigation was did not hold water as tje judge wondered how the convicts, who wanted to use age aa mitigation used sophisticated means to brutally abduct victims in a well calculated manner.

“I have considered that their case did not present justification for lenient sentence,” the judge said.

This is in a case Bwalya, 23, and Sikaonga, 22, pleaded guilty to 54 counts of abduction, rape, aggravated assault and robbery, abduction of a child and aggravated assault with intent to stea, causing grievous harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th June, 2023)


Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil



A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.

David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.

When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.

It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.

It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.

The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.

However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.

Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.

Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court



THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.

In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.

He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.

Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.

He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.

“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.

Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.

“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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Justice for girl killed by 10 dogs starts



A FARM director whose 10 vicious dogs mauled a 13-year-old girl to death has been charged with manslaughter and appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Last month, Shim Yaming’s dogs attacked and killed Sharon Banda, 13, who is the daughter of the accused’s person’s farm worker who lives within the ranch.

The incident happened around 05:00 hours when the victim went outside to use the toilet only to be attacked by the vicious beasts belonging to Shi of New Kasama.

Police visited the scene and discovered the dead body of the girl lying on the ground with multiple dog bites all over the body.
The victim’s father Allan Banda, 43, a poultry man at the farm, told police that his daughter was bitten and died on the spot as she sustained deep cuts all over her body.
Shi, 40, was later detained and slapped with the offence of reckless and negligent act and police later terminated some of the dogs which attacked the girl.

Yesterday, the accused appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with manslaughter.

Allegations are that on November 8 this year, Shi did cause the death of Sharon.
The case was allocated to magistrate Mwandu Sakala.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is supposed to issue a committal later so that the accused in the matter is taken to the High Court for trial since the offence he is facing can only be tried in a higher court.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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