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A five year jail term awaits the brutal ‘step mum’ accused of torturing her four-year-old ‘son’.



BARELY two years after a Zambia Air Force officer was jailed six years for torturing her 11-year-old niece, a military officer’s wife been arrested for allegedly inflicting pain on her innocent four-year-old step son using a knife and whip.

The alleged brutal assault happened while the child’s father was away on duty in Zambezi.

Yesterday, a heart aching video went viral on Facebook in which the visibly bruised victim was narrating to his teacher how her ‘mother’, whom police have identified as Langiwe Ngosa, 29, has allegedly by beating him using different weapons.

In the clip, the child, clad in a school uniform, has fresh and dry bruises on his hand, face, back, on the stomach, the leg while his swollen right hand is also bandaged because of an injury on the fingers.

Below is part of conversation between the teacher and the conspicuously withdrawn boy, whom told her teacher that his dad is as soldier who usually goes for work.

Teacher: “What happened here [on the bruised lower eye]?”

Child: “Its mummy, who beat[en] me”.

Teacher: “Who beat you on the [bruised] forehead?

Child: “Its mummy who beat me”.

Teacher: “Show me your [hurt] hand, what happened here?”

Child: “Mummy’s beat[en] me”.

Teacher: Is it paining”

Child: “Yes”.

Teacher: What did mummy use to hurt you?

Child: “with a knife”.

Teacher: “Where else did mummy beat you?” the teacher asked before the child showed her his wound marked stomach, back and thighs.

“Come I help you dress up my darling, teacher loves you okay?” the female teacher told the boy and hugged the boy whose face, in accordance with the Child Code Act, should have ideally been hidden.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said in a statement Ms Ngosa of house number MC2A 78 Appolo Barack has been arrested for allegedly assaulting the child.

“Marcopolo Police post received a report of Assault on a Child in which Christopher Bwalya, a Zambia military police officer who reported having brought in Male juvenile aged four who was assaulted by his step mother,” Mr Hamoonga said.

He said the victim sustained old and fresh beatings marks all over his body, a fresh cut on the right-hand forehead and left cheeck.

“This occurred between May 2023 and August 05, 2023, at around 12:00 hours at house number MC2A 78 Appolo Baracks in Lusaka,” Mr Hamoonga said.

Brief facts of the matter are that the victim was left in custody of Ms Ngosa by his father Justine Bwalya, a military officer who is in Zambezi district on duty.

“The child was being beaten and abused by the step mother and this led to the military police at Appolo to report the matter to the police. The suspect has since been arrested and detained in custody.

“A police medical form was issued, and the child is now in the custody of the uncle in Chawama compound,” Mr Hamoonga.

In January 2021, the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court jailed ZAF lieutenant Mildred Luwaile of ZAF Twin Palm six years imprisonment for torturing her 11-year-old niece using spoons and knives.

The minimum mandatory sentence for assaulting a child is five years in jail.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 11th August, 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)

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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)

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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)

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