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Bloody Easter weekend as 21 people die on Zambian roads, police say

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TWENTY-ONE people have died in road traffic accidents during the Easter holiday.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said in a media statement that 193 road traffic accidents were recorded during the long weekend in which 21 people were killed.
Mrs Katongo said 29 were serious road traffic accidents in which 50 persons were seriously injured while 45 were slight road traffic accidents in which 72 persons were slightly injured.
She said the increase in road traffic accidents and casualties during this year’s Easter holiday are attributed to non-compliance to road traffic rules and regulations by some motorists and other road users.
“Lusaka Province recorded 67 Road Traffic Accidents with five deaths, Southern had 19 with three deaths, Eastern had 12 with two deaths, Muchinga had 10 with two deaths while Northern recorded for accidents with one death.
Others are Western province with four road traffic accidents with no death recorded, North Western had five with one death and Luapula had five accidents with a death recorded,” Mrs Katongo said.
Meanwhile over K900,000 admission of guilt has been raised from erring drivers during the Easter holiday.
Mrs Katongo said a total amount of K924,690 was raised as admission of guilt this year compared to K249, 887.00 raised last year.

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Retired Major arrested for defiling young maid

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A retired Zambia Army major of Makeni Villa in Lusaka has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 15 year old girl who was working as a maid at his house.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the matter was reported to Police by the victim who alleged that she was defiled on several occasions by her guardian only identified as Mr Simutile aged 67.

He said the victim revealed that the suspect had canal knowledge of her on unknown dates, but between 2021 and 2023 at his house.

Mr Mwale said police initial investigations revealed that during the same period, the victim was working as a maid and her monthly pay was being sent direct to her parents in Siavonga District.

He said the victim alleged that Mr Simutile used to have canal knowledge of her when all other family members were not around at home.

“On March 2, 2024 around 16:30 hours, the victim told officers that she sneaked out of the house after she saw the suspect advancing towards her. She ran to the Police station where she reported the matter and immediately Police instituted investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect who was further identified to be a retired Major from the Zambia Army,” Mr Mwale said.

He said the victim, who was immediately moved to a Safe Home, is currently undergoing medical treatment while the suspect is detained in custody waiting to be formally charged.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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Chief Justice against picking social media fights with judges.

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CHIEF Justice Mumba Malila has advised lawyers not to encourage their clients to pick unnecessary fights in newspapers and social media against judges and the judiciary.

Dr Malila wants lawyers to remind their clients that judges are not their clients’ opponents in legal disputes.

He said this when he admittedly 43 lawyers to the bar after they successfully passed the 2023 dreaded Zambian Institute of Advanced Legal Practitioners'(ZIALE) examinations.

“Do not encourage your clients to pick up unnecessary fights in the newspapers and on social media against judges and the judiciary who can for professional reasons not respond.

“Much is lost when this happens. Remind such clients of the obvious, namely that judges are not their opponents in disputes brought before them,” Dr Malila said.

He counseled the new advocates that as they go out to practice, they will meet all manner of clients, “many of them decent, others not quite so”.

“You will no doubt have clients that frequently take to social media and denounce judges and the judiciary, issuing threats and unleashing all manner of venomous accusations against judges and thus unjustly casting doubt on the integrity of the judicial processes and creating public mistrust which breeds disaffection against the justice delivery process,” Dr Malila said.

He noted those in the Judiciary are always mindful that Zambia is governed in accordance with the rule of law, and not on the basis of political expediency.

“I urge all you new advocates to join genuine democrats and sincere patriots in devoting your energies to finding ways and means of strengthening our Judiciary instead of expending profitless time in undermining it.

” It is important that all of us, especially us lawyers, who cherish independent justice institutions should say no to negativity and guard jealously the calls for independent judges,” Dr Malila said.

He challenged the lawyers to help explain to the public how judicial processes work, how decisions are made, especially in collegiate courts, and the routine challenges that the courts encounter which impact performance.

Law Association of Zambia president Lungisani Zulu reminded the new advocates that being a lawyer is not an opportunity to be a social media star.

“Being a lawyer is not a fashion parade or a pursuit for personal agrandizement but a big responsibility to society,” Mr Zulu said, urging them to always be professional and embrace integrity to avoid sanctions from the association.

ZIALE acting director Leah Ngulube said 503 candidates attempted the 2023 exams out of which 40 cleared first attempt.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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Businessman found with forged ‘dead’ man’s NRC jailed one year and six months

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A BUSINESSMAN who was found with a forged National Registration Card (NRC) bearing a dead man’s details has been jailed 18months with hard labour.

Kelvin Kisambira was jailed yesterday after he earlier pleaded guilty to being found with with a forged NRC255428/10/1 in the names John Tembo, who was reportedly dead, according the police.

Kisambira, who is joinlty charged with former Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko, also admitted having presented the same NRC to a banker.

Kisambira, Soko, 45, a transport consultant of Old Lilayi Road, Ibrahim Mbongo, 24, a student of Libala South, are charged with forgery, uttering false documents, being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Allegations are that between January 1 and 17 this year, with intent to defraud, the accused allegedly forged NRC255428/10/1 in the name ,John Tembo.

They further purported to show that the NRC was genuinely issued by the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, when infact not.

It is further alleged that Kisambira later fraudulently uttered the forged NRC to a banker at FNB bank, Chilenje.

Kisambara pleaded guilty to the charges and was jailed yesterday and also fined K5,000 by Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga.

Meanwhile, Soko, who had been detained for contempt of court, was forgiven by a magistrate but asked to surrender his passport.

The case will resume on March 13 for trial in respect of Soko and others who denied the charges.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd March, 2024)

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