THE Lusaka Magistrate court has described as overzealous the action by police officers who arrested a 50-year-old woman who was found in possession of official army uniforms.
Chimuka Malawo, a business woman of Lusaka was arrested and charged with being in unauthorized possession of uniform.
However, after establishment through the courts, it has been found that Malawo is a hardworking woman who had documentation for being in possession of the army uniforms and has since been acquitted.
It was alleged that between January 1st, 2019 and January 1st, 2022 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst working together with other persons unknown , Malawo had in her possession, defence force uniforms namely; one Zambia Army red barret, two Zambia Army caps, two pairs of Zambia Army combat, three Zambia Army green hood, two Zambia Army.
She was then arrested and the matter was taken to court.
However, Lusaka Resident Magistrate Felix Kaoma in passing judgement today said the case of Malawo was that of a hard working woman who was arrested overzealously.
“By way of comment,this is one case of overzealous officers who rushed to arrest a woman who from appearance of evidence ,is very hardworking, notwithstanding that there was documentation of what they seized and they kept it from court showing that her possession of official uniform as per indictment was authorized,” he said.
Magistrate Kaoma then acquitted Malawo and set her at liberty after having found her not guilty.
(Mwebantu, Friday, August 26th, 2022)
Abducted mobile money booth operator Pamela Chisumpa rescued with 12 other victims
AFTER almost six months of her being abducted,a mobile money booth operator Pamela Chisumpa has been found by police in Lusaka’s Chalala area.
The victim was found with 12 other victims who were also kept captive in what seemed to be a partially finished house in Chalala area.
The house which the girls had been kept captive seemed to have a shine like structure and also in the same house was a coffin in unexplainable circumstances.
However, Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba who along with Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga and a team of police officers both in uniform and in plain clothes in a rescue operation earlier today said that after a long protracted investigation, the girls have been rescued .
“With a sense of relief I would like to inform the nation through you the press that today the October 3rd, 2022 we have managed to safely rescue Pamela Chisumpa together with twelve other ladies that were held captive in a house in Chalala area of Lusaka,” he said.
Mr Kajoba said those rescued are a female Juvenile aged 17, Grace Siabeula aged 22, Felistus Hachintu aged 18 ,Ruth Banda aged 21, Nalukui Macwani aged 21 ,Agness Kapwaya aged 21 ,Docus Chungwe aged 24, Priscila Mapulanga aged 23 ,Honester Lungu aged 25, Rosemary Chibwe 25 ,Faith Muluti aged 28 and Paxina Chanda aged 22.
“This was after a long protracted investigation that we have continuously pursued since April this year when she was abducted along Cairo road in Lusaka. All the victims have been taken to a medical facility for quick Medical attention. We have apprehended one suspect who is in our custody to help us with Investigations,” he said.
He has further called for calm amongst the general public as we wait for the victims to recuperate and further investigations.
“A comprehensive statement will be issued in due course,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)
Police make a lead in finding Pamela and several others.
POLICE in Lusaka have made a lead into the whereabouts of the abducted mobile money agent Pamela Chisumpa who was abducted along Cairo road in Lusaka earlier in April this year.
Reports indicate that Ms Chisumpa together with several other girls have been found.
However, police who are being led by the Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba say that more time should be accorded before a statement is issued in the matter.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)
Two men poisoned by two unknown women at a lodge in Kitwe, police say
A Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) employee and his Chinese national friend were on Friday allegedly drugged and left unconscious at a lodge in Kitwe after they were spotted having drinks with two unknown Tanzanian women.
This is in a case in which Nobutula Lodge in Riverside, manager reported to police that one of the clients, a named ZRA employee and his friend a Chinese national were found sleeping in uncousious state in their respective rooms.
Copperbelt province Commanding officer Sharon Zulu said also found were some red vomits on their beddings and on the floor.
She said the two ladies allegedly stole a laptop property for ZRA, laptop bag, external hard drive, K2000 cash money and some clothes.
Mrs Zulu said a cellphone and a small bag containing unknown items for a Chinese national were also stolen.
“Facts of the matter are that, At the time the victim was checking-in , two ladies of Tanzanian national whose names not known also checked – in.
They together started drinking , eventually a male Chinese national a friend to the ZRA employee joined them. It’s from that moment when one victim woke up with a knock on his door by his workmates and found himself naked while his Chinese friend in the other room was found laying on the floor,” she said.
Mrs Zulu said the two Tanzanian ladies were at the time nowhere to be seen as they were reported to have checked out at 02: 00hrs.
She said the two victims were rushed to Kitwe Teaching hospital were they were put on observation.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 2nd October, 2022)