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Cop nabbed for aiding and abetting the illegal entry of five Ethiopians into the country



A POLICE officer has been nabbed for aiding and abetting the illegal entry of five Ethiopians into the country.

Jacob Phiri, a Kasama based Paramilitary Police officer attached to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) was named in the early hours of Thursday after a tip off from a concerned citizen.

In a statement on Wednesday, Department of Immigration acting Public Relations Officer Josephine Malambo said the department has also arrested Ethiopian nationals, aged between 20 and 25.

Ms Malambo said the department received information from a concerned citizen that a group of suspected illegal immigrants was on its way to Lusaka from Nakonde Border aboard a White Toyota Mark X Registration Number AID 608.

The car was driven by Phiri clad in Police combat uniform.

“Phiri had moved from Kasama to Mpika to meet another Zambian only identified as Mr Chela Simbeye of Meanwood Lusaka, then proceeded to Nakonde to pick up the suspected immigrants and immediately left for Lusaka,” Ms Malambo stated.

She said upon reaching Chisamba, Phiri failed to observe a stop-sign which prompted the officers to alert officers at Kabangwe check point.

“The vehicle was intercepted and the suspected prohibited immigrants were apprehended while the driver escaped. Phiri was later apprehended at Chisamba check point as the alert truck driver who had given him a lift heading back north realized that something was amiss with the officer and tactfully alerted the officers who waited for him and apprehended him upon arrival,”

The Department has established that the car used belonged to a Mr Simbeye and was hired from Lusaka to ferry the immigrants from Nakonde to Zimbabwe via Chirundu Border.

“The said officer was meant to transport the suspects and hand them over to an unknown smuggler at Chirundu. Efforts to lure the smuggler from the Zimbabwean side proved futile as he remained outside our jurisdiction and our officers could no longer pursue him but instead had an encounter with security officials from the Zimbabwean side,” she said.

The five Ethiopian suspects are currently detained pending prosecution, while Phiri and Simbeye have been charged with smuggling and aiding and abetting.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 5th December, 2023)


Retired Major arrested for defiling young maid



A retired Zambia Army major of Makeni Villa in Lusaka has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 15 year old girl who was working as a maid at his house.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the matter was reported to Police by the victim who alleged that she was defiled on several occasions by her guardian only identified as Mr Simutile aged 67.

He said the victim revealed that the suspect had canal knowledge of her on unknown dates, but between 2021 and 2023 at his house.

Mr Mwale said police initial investigations revealed that during the same period, the victim was working as a maid and her monthly pay was being sent direct to her parents in Siavonga District.

He said the victim alleged that Mr Simutile used to have canal knowledge of her when all other family members were not around at home.

“On March 2, 2024 around 16:30 hours, the victim told officers that she sneaked out of the house after she saw the suspect advancing towards her. She ran to the Police station where she reported the matter and immediately Police instituted investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect who was further identified to be a retired Major from the Zambia Army,” Mr Mwale said.

He said the victim, who was immediately moved to a Safe Home, is currently undergoing medical treatment while the suspect is detained in custody waiting to be formally charged.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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Chief Justice against picking social media fights with judges.



CHIEF Justice Mumba Malila has advised lawyers not to encourage their clients to pick unnecessary fights in newspapers and social media against judges and the judiciary.

Dr Malila wants lawyers to remind their clients that judges are not their clients’ opponents in legal disputes.

He said this when he admittedly 43 lawyers to the bar after they successfully passed the 2023 dreaded Zambian Institute of Advanced Legal Practitioners'(ZIALE) examinations.

“Do not encourage your clients to pick up unnecessary fights in the newspapers and on social media against judges and the judiciary who can for professional reasons not respond.

“Much is lost when this happens. Remind such clients of the obvious, namely that judges are not their opponents in disputes brought before them,” Dr Malila said.

He counseled the new advocates that as they go out to practice, they will meet all manner of clients, “many of them decent, others not quite so”.

“You will no doubt have clients that frequently take to social media and denounce judges and the judiciary, issuing threats and unleashing all manner of venomous accusations against judges and thus unjustly casting doubt on the integrity of the judicial processes and creating public mistrust which breeds disaffection against the justice delivery process,” Dr Malila said.

He noted those in the Judiciary are always mindful that Zambia is governed in accordance with the rule of law, and not on the basis of political expediency.

“I urge all you new advocates to join genuine democrats and sincere patriots in devoting your energies to finding ways and means of strengthening our Judiciary instead of expending profitless time in undermining it.

” It is important that all of us, especially us lawyers, who cherish independent justice institutions should say no to negativity and guard jealously the calls for independent judges,” Dr Malila said.

He challenged the lawyers to help explain to the public how judicial processes work, how decisions are made, especially in collegiate courts, and the routine challenges that the courts encounter which impact performance.

Law Association of Zambia president Lungisani Zulu reminded the new advocates that being a lawyer is not an opportunity to be a social media star.

“Being a lawyer is not a fashion parade or a pursuit for personal agrandizement but a big responsibility to society,” Mr Zulu said, urging them to always be professional and embrace integrity to avoid sanctions from the association.

ZIALE acting director Leah Ngulube said 503 candidates attempted the 2023 exams out of which 40 cleared first attempt.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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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)

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