HER recent graduation bestowed upon her a new status of being a degree holder in Development Studies from being a simple office orderly.
Today, Patricia Konsolo still trudges on, but is optimistic that her newly acquired credential is about to pave way for her to rise to higher heights.
The academic gain has not changed Patricia’s job description or work habits and neither has it made her puffed-up with pride that most educated people hardly discard.
She is still working as an office orderly, but only for the time being because Patricia is destined for greatness.
A mother of four children, Patricia has been on an unbelievable journey in her career.
Hers is a story of a humbling experience.
It is a story of a brave woman who is also a mother who believes in her dream.
Patricia has been working as an office orderly at the Ministry of Works and Supply since 2013.
On a typical working day in her current job, Patricia starts as early as 06:00 hours.
She has to clean offices that are been assigned to her and ensure that they are spotless.
She says most of her work is in the morning before her supervisors report for work.
“I start my work at 06:00 hours in the morning.
“I have to dust and clean the offices before serving tea or coffee to my superiors when they come into their offices,” she said.
Having worked as an office orderly was not a hindrance for her to advance in her academic training.
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Maid, Kambwili appears in court for adduction of two children of Asian origin
A 28-year-old Lusaka maid and a 39-year-old man who abducted two children of Asian origin have pleaded guilty in the Magistrates’ Court.
Hellen Banda is jointly charged with businessman Chilumina Kambwili on two counts of abduction and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
Banda and Kambwili are alleged to have abducted Sundrshan Patel and Njlakshi Patel, the unmarried girls under the age of 16 out of care and protection of their parent, Kumar D. Patel having lawful care against their will.
The offence was committed on September 13, 2021.
The two accused also stole a motor vehicle, a Toyota Allion registration number BAG 5479, valued at K110,000, the property of Patel.
They appeared before chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalichi and pleaded guilty.
Banda admitted that she took the children who are not her relatives.
She said she used to work at their parent’s house.
Banda had a tough time responding to a question on where she took the children but after being pressed for an answer, she said she took them to Kabanana compound in Lusaka where she stays.
She explained that she was fired from work for being absent and so she decided to take the children to her place.
And Kambwili admitted taking the children from their parents home without authority from the parents
He said the parents were not paying him his salary and so he took the children.
Asked whether he knew that it was an offence, he responded in affirmative.
The matter was adjourned to September 28 for facts and sentencing.
According to a police statement,
the abducted children were found in Lusaka’s Kabanana Compound in a rented house believed to have been occupied on Monday, 13th September, 2021, the day the children were reported missing.
More information will be availed at an appropriate time,” stated police spokesperson Esther Katongo.
IG warns criminals harrassing and torturing those perceived to be their political enemies
INSPECTOR general of Police Lemmy Kajoba has warned criminals harrassing and torturing those perceived to be their political enemies.
In a media statement, Mr Kajoba has directed officers around the country to bring to book criminals involved in the heinous crimes.
“Such conduct is evidenced by the reports which we are receiving as Zambia Police as well as videos circulating on social media.
I want to make it sink in the minds of all criminals behind such heinous acts or any other form of criminal activity that I will not allow such kind of lawlessness to happen under my watch. All those that would want to take the path of criminality under the guise of politics or any other motive should know that their time to answer to criminal charges is slowly catching up with them,” he said.
Mr Kajoba said his command will not in any way apply the law selectively but shall ensure that all persons are protected from criminality and that they enjoy their human rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution.
He said police will ensure that law and order is maintained by reaching out to all those whose behaviour will be contrary to the provisions of the law irrespective of their status in society.
“From the disturbing incidences that have happened so far, we followed up the offenders and we have arrested about 10 suspects for various offences who will be appearing in Court and we are still searching for those that have gone into hiding,” Mr Kajoba said.
He also warned offenders who have temporarily managed to elude the long arm of the law is that they should not in any way feel safe where ever they may be hiding because soon they will be fished out and be made to answer for their criminal acts.
The IG further called on members of the public who could have fallen victim of such misconduct to quickly report to the nearest police so that perpetrators are brought to book.
“I therefore, expect police officers to be swift in responding to reports made by members of the public so that we can quickly get rid of criminals tormenting people in communities,” he said.
Man sets house on fire with wife and children inside it, leading to their deaths, police say
A MAN of Mporokoso district has been arrested in connection to the death of his wife, children and another person after he allegedly set their home on fire.
Police arrested Jonas Mwamba after he allegedly set ablaze a grass thatched house in which four people, among them his wife, were sleeping leading to their death.
Spokesperson Esther Katongo said police recieved a report that Beatrice Chanda aged 28 and her two children namely female juvenile Mirriam Kabwe aged nine and male juvenile Beanwel Musonda aged six and another unidentified person died in a grass thatched house after it was set ablaze by unknown persons.
She said preliminary investigations led to the arrest of Mwamba, the husband to Beatrice Chanda.
Mrs Katongo said Mwamba is detained in police custody for murder.
She said the couple is reported to have had marital disputes aftee Mwamba suspected his wife of having an extra marital affair and that he was in a tendency of issuing death threats to his wife.
“No information recieved by police so far is linking the deaths to politics as being insinuated on social media. If at all there are people with reliable information to what they are alleging, they should give that information to police,” he said.