Children’s school fees lands ex-DBZ boss in jail
DESPITE pleading for leniency with the court since he is a first offender and a family man, a magistrate sentenced former Development Bank of Zambia managing director Samuel Bwalya to one year and three months imprisonment with hard labour.
Bwalya was jailed yesterday for abusing K781, 000 in public funds after paying the money for his children’s school fees.
Lusaka Magistrate Faides Hamaundu said despite noting Bwalya’s mitigation and the fact that the money in question was recovered, she needed to impose a deterrent sentence on the convict.
Magistrate Hamaundu notes that cases of abuse of funds have become prevalent.
Bwalya was facing 12 counts abuse of authority.
Allegations were that on multiple occasions but between May 1, 2020 and July 30, 2021, Bwalya while working as a public officer in his capacity as managing director, arbitrarily directed payments of school fees for his children abroad using public funds.
It was alleged that using public funds, the accused made 12 separate payments of £15, 980, equivalent to K417, 900.97; R106, 324, equivalent to K132, 435.09; and R90, 205, equivalent to K130, 709.94.
Other payments were R35, 160.61 equivalent to K39, 028.28; K10, 540, K9, 000; K8, 111.50; K8, 420; K6, 980; K6, 840; K6, 560; and K4, 670.
The funds were paid to different schools in the United Kingdom, South Africa, and Zambia.
It was alleged that Bwalya’s decision to direct the cited payments was prejudicial to the interests of government.
When Bwalya appeared in court, he denied all the allegations and the state called about 11 witnesses to testify against him.
Passing judgement, magistrate Hamaundu found that in April 2020, K781,000 was paid as school fees for the convict’s children against conditions of his employment contract.
“The contract did not indicate his allowances but that of his predecessor. The accused had allowances but not education allowance
” There is no section that shows that he deserved allowances in the contract, ” magistrate Hamaundu said.
“I find that he was not qualified to get the education allowance as claimed. It was his predecessor who was entitled
“Further evidence shows that invoices to his children fees where submitted,” magistrate Hamaundu said.
“I have found the accused guilty in all the counts and I convict him accordingly,” magistrate Hamaundu said.
From counts one to 12, the court imposed a 15 months imprisonment with hard labour on each count but to but to run concurrently.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 25th March, 2023)
Nephew arrested raping his aunt, police say
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly raped and assaulted by her 31-year-old nephew after she was from bathing.
Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the incident happened when the victim 25 went into the bathroom to take a bath while wrapped in a chitenge material.
However, shortly after she came out of the bathroom, Joseph Shula allegedly pounced on her.
“The suspect then covered her mouth with his hand to avoid her shouting and went on to undress the victim and inserted his penis into her private parts,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said the victim sustained a painful vagina and general body pains.
He said Shula was immediately apprehended by members of the family and some neighbours who took him to Mushili
Police Post where the matter was reported.
Mr Mweemba said Shula will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, a man of Chipulukusu is on the run after he allegedly defiled a 15-year-old neighbour.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
High temperatures and clear skies expected in June and July due to El Nino conditions
MINISTER of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu says the country will continue experiencing high temperatures above normal for both day and night during this month and July.
The Minister however said, episodes of cooler night temperatures may be experienced for a few days over Gwembe, Ndola, Mansa, Mwinilunga, Kasempa, Kabompo, Livingstone and Mbala Districts and surrounding areas.
He said the high temperatures are attributed to the El Nino conditions being observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the warmer Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures.
“Moreover, there has been an increase in the heat trapping Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere globally. These conditions are fuelling the high temperatures being observed,” he said.
Mr Nzovu said the expected high temperatures may drive increase in energy demands for cooling and irrigation.
He said in addition, the increased water losses due to evaporation resulting from the high temperatures may affect water levels in dams and other water bodies.
Mr Nzovu further said the high temperatures may provide favourable conditions for agriculture pests as well as human and animal diseases to thrive
He said his ministry through the Meteorological Department, in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will continue providing updates and advisories.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
‘Abductors’ plead guilty
THE two men accused or abduction have pleaded guilty to five out of the over 50 abduction, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and sexual offenses committed against against 13 young women last October.
A marshall is currently reading the rest of the charges to James Bwalya and Mathews Sikaonga who are appearing before Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda.
(THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY)
(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)