A 40-year-old man of Chinsali has allegedly committed suicide after an argument with his wife over money he owed her.
James Mushibwe is alleged to have borrowed K1,000 from his wife Monica Mulenga, 35 with the intentions of starting a business.
However, the deceased is believed to have developed a bad drinking habit and ended up missing the money given by his wife for business, leading to them having constant fights
Mr Mushibwe then decided to take his life by allegedly consuming a fumigation tablet, meant to secure maize from pests.
Before he took his life, he is alleged to have written a goodbye note to his children in a book that he used for his failed tobacco business.
Muchinga province commanding officer Kaunda Mubanga said the incident occurred between April 24 and April 25 at around 18:30 and 06:40 hours at Choshi village.
He said the matter was reported by a concerned member of the public through a cell phone call.
“Brief facts gotten from the deceased’s wife Monica Mulenga is that early this year in February 2023, her husband borrowed money amounting to K1,000 from her so that he could start a business on agreement that he was going to return it back. She explained that ever since the money was gotten, her husband ordered some tobacco which he started selling, but developed bad drinking habits which resulted to the misuse of the money and eventually he failed to return it back,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said the issue is said to have brought about misunderstandings between the two and they had not been in good terms for almost two weeks.
“The deceased’s wife explained that on April 24, at around 15:00 hours, the deceased left home annoyed after an argument over the same money which she demanded and when he returned home around midnight. She explained that their 14-year-old daughter opened the door for him and he appeared drunk. He managed to walk to the bedroom where he slept alone, as she (wife) slept in the sitting room because of the arguments,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said in the morning on of April 25, as the wife woke up to go to the market ,she saw some vomit as she entered the bedroom and a smell of fecal matter, then she called out to her husband.
He said when she called out to him, there was no response until she decided to touch him by the hand only to feel that the hand was rigged and cold.
“She then informed some neighbours who rushed to the house only to find that he was dead and they smelt a smell of an unknown poisonous substance. The matter was then reported to the Police officers at Chinsali who rushed to the scene. A suicide note was also found in a small hard cover book which the deceased used for business records where he is quoted saying “goodbye to his children,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 26th April, 2023)
Assualt accused Army officer’s wife now claims bed sores caused the wounds on her son
THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has set March 11 this year as judgement in a case a Zambia Army officer’s wife is accused of assaulting her four-year-old step son using different weapons like a hosepipe and knife.
But when winding up her defence yesterday, the accused, Longwe Ngosa, 30, did not cause the wound marks on her son’s body but that the marks on his back were caused by bed sores.
Ngosa added that child developed bed sores when he was admitted to University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) after he injured his leg while playing.
She said he got the “sore beds” due to the sleeping position in the hospital.
Ngosa said this yesterday in a matter she is charged with assault on a child which allegedly happened between April 1 and July 31, 2023.
The housewife of Apollo Military Camp is accused of assaulting a juvenile we shall call, IB, and occasioned him actual bodily harm.
The assault the child came to light through a viral Facebook clip where IB was filmed narrating to his teacher how his mother had been beating him using different weapons, including a knife.
Ngosa was found with a case to answer by Lusaka magistrate Mutinta Mwenya and she is currently on her defence.
The accused, who initially told the court that her son was assaulted by her class teacher on several occasions, yesterday told the court that the wounds on the victim’s back were caused by bed sores.
Ngosa also claimed the other wound marks on his stomach were as a result of an allergy.
“He developed them when he ate relish he does not eat. That was an allergy,” she narrated.
Ngosa also narrated that she started living with IB when he was 15months and has always considered him as “my child and not my stepson”.
In cross examination, state prosecutor Chisenga Malama asked Ngosa to confirm that she never produced any medical record to show what happened to IB.
“No, I did not,” the accused said.
“Confirm you never made any official complaint to school about the sores on the child,” Ms Malama asked as the accused said no.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 29th February, 2024)
Unnatural offence suspects provide fake names to police
TWO male student nurses who were previously charged with unnatural offence have now been accused of providing false information to a public officer during the investigation.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said, it was revealed during the course of investigations that the individual initially identified as Chisenga Chanda, aged 20, of Matero, had misrepresented his identity.
He said the actual name is Brighton Banda, aged 25, of New Avondale, and a third-year Student Nurse at a named institution.
Similarly, Matthews Kabwe, aged 20, of Matero, is not who he claimed to be but Darius Musukwa, aged 20, of Kamwala South, and he too is a third-year Student Nurse at a named institution.
“Both individuals have been additionally charged with the offense of giving false information to a Public Officer Contrary to Section 125 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. As a result, they are currently detained in police custody,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said police is committed to upholding the law and ensuring the accuracy of information provided during investigations.
“We urge the public to cooperate with law enforcement agencies and to refrain from engaging in activities that may obstruct or impede the course of justice,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)
Two pupils drown in Kafulafuta dam, police say
TWO pupils aged 14 and 12 have drowned in Kafulafuta dam in Masaiti district.
The two children drowned yesterday, Tuesday February 27, at around 15:00 hours.
Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the report was made the girls grandmother, Offa Ednah, aged 53, of Masaiti.
He said Ms Ednah reported that her granddaughters drowned in Kafulafuta River.
Mr Mweemba said the victims have been identified as 14-year-old Grace Namonje, a grade six pupil, and 12-year-old Bathsheba Musaka, also in grade six at Koti ni Eden in the Shilashi area of Masaiti.
He said the two pupils left school around 14:00 hours, after which Bathsheba visited her friend’s house in Kampundu Village before deciding to accompany Grace, who lived in Saili Village.
Mr Mweemba said while on their way, the two girls opted to cross through a small path used as a road crossing over the dam.
“As they were going they decided to use a small path used as a road crossing through the dam and as they were crossing the dam they drowned after they failed to cross,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said members of the community rushed to retrieve their bodies and found that both were already dead.
He said when police visited the scene, they found that both deceased bodies had already been retrieved from the dam.
“The bodies were inspected and no physical injuries found on them. The bodies had some foam coming from their nose and mouth,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said the two bodies have since been deposited to St. Theresa’s Mission Hospital Mortuary.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 28th February, 2024)