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Alleged abductors of Pamela Chisumpa and 12 others arrested in Kaoma, Western province, police say

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TWO most wanted suspects in the case in which a mobile money booth operator Pamela Chisumpa and 12 others were abducted and being held captive in a house in Lusaka’s Chalala area have been arrested.

The suspects Mathews Sikaonga and James Mulenga both aged 22-years old were apprehended today in the early hours of 02:00 hours in Kaoma of Western Province.

Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the two were apprehended after a tip off from members of the public.

“Two of the suspects wanted in the case where thirteen ladies were held captive in a house in Chalala of Lusaka have been apprehended today the October 4th, 2022 at 02:36 hours in TBZ of Kaoma after a tip-off from members of the public. The two suspects are Mathews Sikaonga and James Mulenga Bwalya both aged 22 of Chalala area in Lusaka. Police investigations are on-going,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 4th October, 2022)

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Shikulu Mwape’s lawyer honoured

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Petronela Kafumbe, one of the lawyers who represent the 81-year-old Tie Mwape acquitted of drug trafficking has been awarded by a Zambian organization, Vangeli.

For her efforts during the case, she has received recognition from a Zambia-based organisation, Vangeli, which has honoured her with the ‘Outstanding Zambian Citizen’ award.

Vangeli, a media and creative agency, is impressed with Ms Kafumbe’s dedication to represent accused persons, particularly those seen to be vulnerable, on a pro bono basis using her position as a legal assistant at the Legal Aid Board.

“Ms Kafumbe defends the people with inadequate [finance] and works with a lot of women and children,” the organisation noted on its website.

“She deals with cases both in the High Court for Zambia and in the subordinate courts in criminal matters, divorce, adoption, child maintenance and immigration matters.”

Vangeli is impressed that the lawyer does not only help people settle disputes outside court, but is committed to ensuring that inmates appear in court on time to facilitate access to justice.

“She makes sure the prisoners come to court on time and also prepare what is necessary for their legal representation,” Vangeli added. “She also helps the accused persons get police bond. Most of these works are on pro bono basis.

“Thank you counsel Petronella for your contribution to our society and congratulations on your award.”

Ms Kafumbe thanked Vangeli for recognising her work through the award.

“I thank my husband and friends for believing in me. Thank you to the deputy director, Mrs Sandra Lukwesa, for giving me an opportunity to deal with this matter [involving Tie Mwape],” she said in an interview.

Ms Kafumbe further commended her colleague Douglas Njolomba and the entire Legal Aid Board team for working tirelessly when defending Mr Mwape.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 30th January, 2023)

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Six year old girl found dead, police say

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A SIX year old girl of Kawambwa who went missing after she was sent away from class by her teacher has been found dead with her private parts and other body parts missing.

Precious Kaunda’s body was found floating on Ng’ona river by three boys who went fishing.

Luapula province commanding officer Gloria Mulele said Jealous  Musonda, Lupambo Katepa and Pathias Mubanga found Kaunda’s body floating in a decomposed state.

“Upon receiving the report the police rushed to the scene of the crime and found the body floating by the river side and managed to retrieve the body. The police conducted a search within the scene of the crime and found a school bag, pant, shoes, a pencil, a pair of socks and also struggling marks as well as fallen elephant grass,” Ms Mulele said.

She said a physical  inspection  on Precious’s body was conducted where the police found that her lower and upper lips were removed, part of the nose and the private part were removed.

“The body was taken to Kawambwa district hospital mortuary where a post mortem was conducted to ascertain the cause of death. According to the doctor’s findings, the cause of death was due to excessive bleeding and shock,” She said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 30th January, 2023)

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DNA reveals Ndola Teaching Hospital babies were swapped, police say

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POLICE and hospital authorities at Ndola Teaching Hospital (NTH) are trying to arrest a suspect who swapped two babies at the hospital facility.

This is after a DNA test was conducted on the two babies that were allegedly swapped between January 13 and 14th this year.

Earlier between January 13th and 14, two mother’s were in a dilemma after there was a suspected baby swapping.

A complaint was made by Danny Kiprios 35 saying his son weighing 4.4Kg at birth was swapped with another baby weighing 3.5kg.

Copperbelt police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba following a suspected Child Swapping, results have indicated that the babies were swapped.

“Investigations were instituted and samples were collected from the two mothers and from the two babies and they were sent to police service headquarters Forensic department for DNA analysis. A follow up report on the matter is such that the DNA results have been received from Lusaka and they are indicating that the babies were indeed swapped. They are indicating that the bigger baby who weighed 4.4kg truely belonged to the Majory wapamesa kaprios (the complainants).

The other smaller baby who weighed 3.5kg belongs to Violet Mulenga Mulenga, contrary to her claim that her baby was the bigger one,” he said.

He said this is in accordance to the DNA report as analysed by the Forensic Department.

“The dispute of identifying the two babies to their biological mothers has been settled by the results ,but what is remaining is finding out the suspect who swapped the bands on the hands of the two infants so as to create a confusion. As such investigations are on going so as to bring the suspect to book,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 29th January, 2023)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

30 Jan 2023, 8:57 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

340,172 Total Cases
4,044 Deaths
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