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Couple shot in Kalumbila over allegations of practising witchcraft, police say.



A COUPLE  of Kalumbila district in Northwestern province has been shot resulting in the death of the husband and wounding the wife over allegations of practising witchcraft.

Police  spokesperson Esther Katongo  said in a statement that that the victims who have been identified as Royd Katontoka aged 67 and  Mary Katontoka 52  were shot using an unknown type of firearm  by two identified assailants whose identities we have withheld.

“Police in North western Province are looking for two identified suspects  in connection with murder and attempted murder involving a couple which occurred on 28th May, 2021  around 1830 hours at Kinema  Village in Chief Musele of Kalumbila District,” she said.

Mrs Katongo said Mr Katontoka sustained  gunshot wounds on the belly and on his back while the wife sustained four deep wounds on her left leg.

She said when police who visited the scene found they found Mr Katontoka in unconscious state  while his wife was found with four bullets wounds on her left  leg.

“Both victims were rushed to Kankozhi Clinic where Mr Katontoka was pronounced dead and his wife was reffered to Lumwana Hospital. Dockets of Murder and Attempted Murder have been opened. A manhunt has been launched,” Mrs Katongo.

Meanwhile othe Copperbelt, police have arrested a female juvenile adult aged 19 for attempted child destruction.

The incident occurred  on 28th May, 2021 around 04:00 hours at Kanyenda area of Mpongwe District.

Mrs Katongo  said a report was recieved from  a 51 year old member of the community  that the juvenile had dumped a baby in a pit latrine after giving birth.

“The suspect is alleged to have delivered the child at her village under a mango tree around 0400 hours and dumped in a pit latrine which was about 5meters deep at a neighbours house located approximately  500 meters from her house.  The dumped baby was discovered by the owner of the house, who after going to the pit laterine,   heard a baby crying from the latrine hole. The baby girl was retrieved by residents  and  was rushed to Mpongwe Mission Hospital where it is admitted and it’s condition has been described as stable by health practitioners.  Innitial investigations led to the arrest of the suspect who was also taken to a health facility for medical attention and has been admitted under police guard,” she said.


Ndola man seeks courts indulgence for divorce after his wife secretly builds a house



A 36-YEAR-OLD man of Ndola has been left in shock after he discovered that his wife was secretly building a house which is currently at window level.

Godfrey Kapwi has since dragged Linda Mutambo 29, his wife to court seeking divorce as he cannot trust her anymore.

Kapwi told the Kabushi local court that his wife bought a plot and built a house up to window level without his knowledge.

“I am in shock that my wife bought a plot and has been building it up to window level. What is more shocking is that her parents have been supporting her,” he lamented.

Kapwi narrated that his wife misused money which he gave her for personal things and that she even failed to buy clothes for the children.

“The most shocking part is that she hads built the same house in the same area with the man I was suspecting her of going out with. I am a driver and I am, always away from home and so when I returned I found out that she was  dating the relative to the landlord, of which I forgive her and we moved on,”he said.

He told court however, that he could not continue living with her after this as he felt cheated.

However, Mutambo in her defence told the court that the couple started having problems when her husband got another woman pregnant.

“After he impregnated another woman we started having disputes most times. On top of it, my in-laws started to interfere in our marriage too much by saying we were staying on their plot and that was how my parents got me a plot and I started Building,” she said.

Passing judgment Presiding senior magistrate John Kabwe sitting with senior Magistrate Emelda Masuwa granted Divorce and ordered Kapwi to compansate his wife with K6,000.

(Mwebantu, Monday, June, 20th, 2022)

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Swiss man convicted for attempting to illegally export medicines valued at K200,000



THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has convicted and fined a Swiss national to pay K100,000 for exporting medicines without export permit.

This is in a matter where the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) intercepted Daniel Waldvogel, a director for Health Support Zambia, aged 54 years of house number Hofwisiesenstrasse number zip code 8153 R Vemlang, Switzerland and took him to court in Lusaka for the said offence contrary to the Medicines and Allied Substances Act No. 3 of 2013 of the laws of Zambia.

When the matter was brought before magistrate Chrispine Hampungani, Waldvogel pleaded guilty to the charge and was convicted and fined K100,000 in default of payment nine months simple imprisonment.

And ZMRA public  relations officer Ludovic Mwape warned that the Authority will tolerate would offenders.

“We wish to issue a stern warning to all those who commit similar offences that we are equal to the task of ensuring that only medicines that are legally exported out of the Country will be allowed to leave the country,” he said.

Mr Mwape said this is to ensure safety, quality and efficacy of medicinal products and allied substances being exported out of the country.

He said failure to adhere to the set standards as regards to the exportation will result in offenders being prosecuted.

(Mwebantu, Friday, June 10th, 2022)

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27 year old woman among three caught for trafficking drugs, As DEC arrests another for bribing them with K100,000 to have the case against drug suspects dropped



A 27-year-old woman of Lusaka is among three men arrested for allegedly trafficking more than 200 kilograms of Miraa, a stimulant said to cause excitement, loss of appetite and euphoria.

The fourth suspect is believed to have been arrested after he tried to bribe DEC officers with K100,000 to drop the case against the drug trafficking suspects.

The contraband is believed to have been destined for Ndola from East Africa through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

DEC Public Relations Officer Mathias Kamanga said Violet Nambeya is among three men arrested for trafficking Miraa, while the other suspect is charged with corrupt practices

“Details of the offence are that Mohammed Ali Hassan aged 44 years of Nalikwanda Compound in Ndola and an Operations Manager at a named transportation company in Ndola, Mohammed Ali Guledi aged 32 years of 1st Chingora Tower in Ndola, Chungu Chansa, a aged 47 of T270 Lubengele Township in Chililabombwe and MsNambeya, have been jointly charged and arrested for trafficking in 278 Kilograms of Miraa,” he said.

He said three motor vehicles that were being used in the transportation of the drugs have since been seized by the Commission.

“Further, another suspect has been arrested for corrupt practices contrary to the Laws of Zambia. Mohammed Warsame, a male aged 54 of 3345 Bongwe Road in Ndola and the proprietor of a named transportation company, in an attempt to free the suspects that had been apprehended by the Commission, offered K100,000 to DEC officers to try to get them to drop the case,” he said.

Mr Kamanga said the fifth suspect was arrested and the money he was offering as gratification has since been seized.

“The Commission wishes to warn members of the public to desist from engaging in the trafficking of drugs as this has serious repercussions when one is arrested. We further wish to state that the Commission prides itself in offering service with integrity to the people of Zambia and does not tolerate corruption. All the suspects are in police custody and will appear in court soon,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, June, 6th, 2022)

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29 Jun 2022, 6:32 AM (GMT)

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4,003 Deaths
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