Pastor sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment with hard labour for corrupt practices
A 42-year-old pastor of Pentecost Holiness of Chipembele village in Chibombo has been sentenced to 18 Months’ imprisonment with hard labour for corrupt practices involving forgery.
Lusaka senior resident magistrate Felix Kaoma found Bruce Kaseba Chipepo, an Associate Pastor at the said Church, guilty on six counts of forgery contrary to section 342 as read with section 347 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Anti-Corruption Commission spokesperson Queen Chibwe said in count one between 1st January, 2012 and 31st December 2012 in Lusaka, Chipepo forged a document namely, a letter purported to have been officially written by the Anti-Corruption Commission to ARBR EXIM PVT Limited clearing the said company to conduct business in Zambia, a matter or transaction that concerned the Anti-Corruption Commission, a public body.
She said in the second count, details are that between 1st January, 2012 and 31st December 2012 in Lusaka, Chipepo forged a document namely, a letter purported to have been officially written by the Bank of Zambia to CONCEPT CREATORS Limited confirming payment of 36, 000 metric tons of grain, a matter or transaction that concerned the Bank of Zambia, a public body.
Mrs Chibwe said in the third count, Chipepo was accused of forging a document between 1st January, 2012 and 31st December 2012, namely, a letter purported to have been officially written by the Ministry of Justice to CONCEPT CREATORS Limited confirming telegraphic transfer of unit II B10605072278 pursuant to statutory instrument No.8 of 2003 respectively, a matter or transaction that concerns the Bank of Zambia, a public body.
She said in count four, Chipepo was accused of forging a document between 1st January, 2012 and 31st December 2012, namely, Certificate of Incorporation purported to have been officially authored by the EUROPEAN UNION to CONCEPT LIMITED confirming that CONCEPT CREATORS Limited had satisfied terms of requirement according to registration by MM Walfare as a general supplier, a matter or transaction that concerns the European Union.
“Details in Count five and six are that between 1st January 2012 and 31st December 2012, Chipepo forged a Certificate of registration purported to have been officially authored by the Zambia Public Procurement Authority, and a letter purported to have been written by the Zambia Revenue Authority respectively, when in fact not,” she said
Mrs Chibwe said Chipepo was found guilty on all six Counts and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour.
She said the pastor was arrested Commission following an investigation.
30-year-old convicted for trafficking female friend to work as a maid to Turkey
A 30-year-old Apex University graduate who trafficked his friend to work as a maid in Turkey but was subjected to inhuman treatment has been convicted.
Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma convicted Paul Zambara of Ng’ombe Township of prohibition of trafficking in persons.
Zambara trafficked Alice Lubinda, 23, to Turkey for the worst form of labour between July 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019.
Magistrate Kaoma said Zambara, who arranged her friend’s trip to work as a maid in Turkey, betrayed her trust.
When Lubinda arrived at her employers house in Turkey, her passport and mobile phone was confiscated and the employer used to lock her up inside the house.
Lubinda told the court that she was subjected to do slavery like work prompting
her when it got worse to report to the Zambian Embassy in Turkey where
she was assisted to come back to Zambia.
Since her employer had confiscated
her passport, she used travelling documents to come to Zambia at the assistance of the Embassy and International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Magistrate Kaoma said in a judgment that the prosecution proved its case beyond any reasonable doubt as there was overwhelming evidence that
Zambara trafficked Lubinda and was a recruiter in Zambia while
there was a transporter and a receiver in Turkey.
Magistrate Kaoma said Lubinda left her business of selling samoosas to
go to Turkey for greener pastures when Zambara knew the kind of life his friend was going to be subjected to.
He observed that there are agents in Zambia who recruit people for human trafficking and that the accused was the one
who found Lubinda a job of house maid and arranged her travel documents.
Magistrate Kaoma said he established that the fact that Lubinda’s passport
and phones were confiscated and that her employer used to lock her in
the house when she was out and subjected her to hard work and cut her
from communicating with her family, she was treated like a slave.
However, Zambara during investigations and trial, did not disclose
the name of the person who sent him to recruit Lubinda.
He only admitted during his defence that he was the one who was in charge of organising all documents for Lubinda such as passport and visa for the
travel to Turkey.
Zambara lied that he had been touch with Lubinda whilst she was in Turkey and she had been telling him that she was working
well and enjoying herself when in fact not.
The offence which Zambara has been convicted of carries a minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of 30 years imprisonment with hard labour.
Magistrate Kaoma has no jurisdiction to sentence Zambara and referred him to the High Court for sentencing on a date to be advised.
Women aged 26 arrested for assaulting husband aged 43 with a knife, police say
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested a 26-year-old woman for wounding her 43-year- old husband with a knife after a dispute.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo confirmed in a statement to Mwebantu that Douglas Chishala of unknown house number in Lusaka’s Misisi Compound reported that he was wounded by his wife Martha Kondowe using a knife.
She said Mr Chishala sustained a cut on the right side of the abdomen.
Mrs Katongo said the incident is reported to have occurred on Saturday at 18:43 hours within Misisi Compound after a marital dispute.
“Police in Lusaka have arrested a 26 year old female adult for allegedly unlawfully wounding her husband with a knife,” she said
Mrs Katongo said Mr Chishala is admitted at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital while the suspect is in police custody.