LUSAKA photographer Cornelius Mulenga popularly known as Chellah Tukuta has been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour for defaming former Information and Broadcasting Services minister Ms Dora Siliya.
Tukuta in a video which he posted on his Facebook page on May 26, 2020 accused Ms Siliya of being a pimp who sells girls to high profile men for sex.
Delivering judgement, Judge Lameck Mwale who sat as a magistrate, said the prosecution has proved the allegations against Tukuta beyond all reasonable doubt and he convicted him of the offence.
Magistrate Mwale said any person who exposes another person to contempt, ridicule and contempt was liable to defamation.
He said Tukuta’s publication was wrongfully published and meant to defame Ms Siliya.
“I find the statement by the accused that Ms Siliya sells girls to high profile and is the highest of the highest professional prostitutes extremely careless and calculated to injure Ms Siliya’s reputation.” he said.
Magistrate Mwale said the fact that she had been in failed relationship does not make her a professional prostitute.
Tukuta’s lawyer Meamande Wamukwamba from Linda Kasonde’s law firm asked the court to exercise maximum leniency.
But magistrate Mwale said he was deeply concerned that there are people who are in the habit of seriously defaming others.
He said he would met out punishment which would deter other would-be offenders and sentenced Tukuta to 24 months with effect from today.
Tukuta in his video published defamatory matter affecting Siliya in which he stated that: “This Dora Siliya is hooking up girls, selling girls to the high profile people, so that men can be sleeping [with them], she is actually the highest of the highest professional prostitute. If Dora Siliya is refusing these allegations that she does not connect girls to high profile people for sex, let her come”.
He pleaded not guilty and the matter proceeded to trial where Siliya testified that: “I may be single, I may have failed relationships, I may be divorced but that does not make me a high level prostitute.”
She said even if she is single, being in failed relationship or divorced does not mean she sells human beings for sex.
When found with a case to answer and placed on defence, Tukuta opted to remain silent and did not call witnesses.
Police look for people who tortured a man in Lusaka
POLICE in Lusaka are calling on the public to report criminals among them one clad in a United Party for National Development (UPND) baret for torturing a man at Soweto Market in Lusaka.
In a video circulating on social media some criminals are seen torturing the unidentified male adult.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has appealed to members of the public who could have identified any of the thugs in the video to report to the police without delay.
She further calls on the victim in the video to report the matter to police for justice to prevail.
“Police shall not tolerate anyone that would deliberately commit crime with impunity, not even under the guise of politics,” she said.
Love triangle led to stabbing of Lusaka man, police say
A LOVE triangle has ended in a bloody fight after a 29 year old man stabbed his ex girlfriend’s boyfriend aged 40 out of rage.
Police spokespersoon Esther Katongo said officers have since arrested Mwamba Nonde aged 29 of Zingalume area in Lusaka for allegedly stabbing Emmanuel Sichula aged 40 who he suspected to have been having an intimate relationship with his ex girlfriend .
In a statement,Mrs Katongo said Racheal Goma 29 of Soweto Compound reported that her boyfriend Mr Nonde was stabbed by her former boy friend, Sichula.
Mrs Katongo said Mr Nonde sustained multiple cuts on the forehead, left shoulder, back of the head and belly leaving him with protruding intestines while the woman who reported the matter sustained cuts on the left ear and neck.
“This occured on 15th September, 2021 between 22:45 hours and 23:30 hours at Simbeye Bar in Soweto, Zingalume area when the assailant met the victim with the woman,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said the victim was rushed to George clinic where he was later referred to UTH in a critical condition.
“Police today arrested the suspect who went into hiding after committing the crime and is currently detained in police custody for two counts of unlawful wounding,” she said.
Court hears how a 32 year old woman dumped her newborn baby in a pit latrine
THE Ndola High Court has heard how a 32 year old woman dumped her newborn baby in a pit latrine after she delivered.
This is in a case in which Lydia Mweshi is charged with infanticide contrary to section 203 of the Penal Code.
When the matter came up for trial before Ndola High Court judge Daniel Musonda, Mweshi pleaded guilty and was convicted after she admitted.
According to facts presented by National Prosecutions Authority state advocate, Innocent Kamunga, On December 9, last year, police in Chipulukusu received information that an infant had been dumped in a toilet.
Mr Kamunga said the information was received from a concerned member of the Chipulukusu community after the infant was heard crying while in the pit latrine.
He said acting on the information, police instituted through investigations which led to the apprehension of Mweshi.
Mr Kamunga said Mweshi was then taken to Ndola Teaching Hospital where it was confirmed by medical personnel that she had recently given birth.
He said on the same day the infant was retrieved with the help of the Fire Brigade and was taken to Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
Mr Kamunga informed court that the postmortem conducted by Dr Volodymyr Petrenko revealed the cause of death of the child as asphyxia of the immature due to an undetermined cause.
“Subsequently, the accused was charged and arrested with the offence of infanticide. The accused person unlawfully did cause the death of the infant,” he said.
In her mitigations, through her lawyer, Chisala Bwalya, Mweshi regretted causing the death of her child.
Mrs Bwalya said the time spent in custody, Mweshi had time to reflect on her mischief and is ashamed of herself.
She said her client has two toddlers whom she left with mother and the same depend on her
“My Lord, my client has promised not to engage herself in criminality. She prays to the court to be lenient with her as death of her baby will forever haunt her,” Mrs Bwalya said.
Judge Musonda has reserved sentence in the matter to September 20 this year.