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Court hears that murder-accused Nigel Musonda Mwaba told Dr Tasila that she did not deserve to live 



A WITNESS has told the Lusaka High Court that a Zambia Army officer who allegedly killed Dr Tasila Tembo in 2020 sent her a WhatsApp message that she did not deserve to live.

This was heard during continued trial in a case in which Zambia Army officer, Lieutenant Nigel Musonda Mwaba, is charged with the murder.

It is alleged that Lt Mwaba on an unknown date but between October 24, 2020 and October 26, 2020 in Lusaka murdered Dr Tembo.

He allegedly beheaded Dr Tembo after she decided to end their relationship.

Lieut Mwaba was arrested on December 3, 2020 after he was spotted at Leopards Memorial Park around 16:00 hours on the material day when he requested workers at the cemetery to show him where Dr Tembo was buried.

When the case came up before judge Wilfred Muma, late Dr Tembo’s cousin, Mulubwa Sokontwe narrated that the deceased visited and conferred with her before she went missing.

Ms Sokontwe told the court that she was very close to Dr Tembo and that when she visited her in October 2020, they had a conversation and Dr Tembo later showed her a WhatsApp message which was sent by Lieut Mwaba in which he stated that: ‘I will make you go. I know you have moved on with another man. You don’t deserve to live. I will make sure I expose your nude photos so that people can know the kind of woman you are.’

Ms Sokontwe testified that when they were having their supper at around 22:40, a nephew, Katongo Maduna came with Dr Tembo’s brother Lonjezo Tembo, and were using the deceased’s motor vehicle.

She said Dr Tembo was supposed to travel to Kasama the following day with her brother Lonjezo.

Ms Sokontwe also narrated how her and her sister, Beatrice Sokontwe asked Dr Tembo if she was alright and she said she was good enough to travel.

She said Dr Tembo even kissed them and told them that she will be okay, adding that that was the last time she saw her.

Ms Sokontwe said Dr Tembo told them that she was heading back to her house in Meanwood, Ibex Hill.

When cross examined by one of the defence lawyers, Mauyaneyi Maribesa, Ms Sokontwe said

Dr Tembo visited her often with Lieut Mwaba and that during the visits, they were happy.

She confirmed that she had recommended the two to marry and she always asked them when they would marry.

Further cross examined by another defence lawyer Dr Obrien Kaaba on whether Dr Tembo was a humble person, the witness confirmed that the deceased was humble.

And asked whether Dr Tembo was a person who would take nude pictures, Ms Sokontwe declined.

Meanwhile, judge Muma expressed concern that the prosecution only brought one witness.

He urged the State to ensure that they bring the remaining State witnesses at the next hearing, noting that the case has dragged for too long.

Judge Muma adjourned the case to March 15.

(Mwebantu, Friday, March 11th, 2022)



Zindaba Soko boss detained for disobeying court 



FORMER Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko has been detained for contempt of court after he travelled to Dubai for a job interview and missed a court session.

He missed a court session in a matter he and two others are accused of forging a passport and National Registration Card (NRC) bearing a dead person’s name.

About two weeks ago, Soko asked for permission to travel abroad but was advertised to attend court before leaving but the instruction was not obeyed.

Consequently, Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga issued a bench warrant against Soko .

When the case resumed yesterday, Soko was brought to court under warrant and when asked why he missed court, he told the court that his lawyers misled him.

Soko told court that his lawyers told him that they would file a notice in court indicating his absentia when he travelled abroad.

This is in a case Soko, 45, a transport consultant of Old Lilayi Road, is jointly charged with Ibrahim Mbongo, 24, a student of Libala South, Kelvin Kisambara, a businessman, both of Tokyo Way.

They are charged with forgery, uttering false documents, being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Allegations are that between January 1 and 17 this year, with intent to defraud, the accused allegedly forged NRC255428/10/1 in the names John Tembo, who was reportedly dead, according the police.

The trio is further purported to show that the NRC was genuinely issued by the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, when infact not.

It is further alleged that Kisambara later fraudulently uttered the purportedly forged NRC to a banker at FNB bank in Chilenje.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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DJ in court after inserting manhood in four girls’ mouths



A 25-YEAR-OLD DISC Jockey (DJ) of Kanyama Township, Lusaka, has pleaded not guilty to the offence of unnatural offences after he allegedly sexually abused four girls by inserting his manhood in the mouth of four girls whom he invited to his house.

The victims are all under the age of 16.

The suspect, Kelvin Mutale, 25, has been charged with four counts of unnatural offences, an offence contrary to section 155(a) of the Penal Code.

It is alleged that on December 24, 2023, Mutale had carnal knowledge of four girls against the order of nature.

When he appeared in court yesterday, Mutale pleaded not guilty to all the four counts before Lusaka magistrate Crispin Hampungani for plea.

The accused then applied for bail pending trial, to which the State did not object.

Magistrate Hampungani granted Mutale bail in the sum of K20,000 and the money has to be paid in cash for the accused to be released on bond.

The court also asked the accused to bring two sureties.

The case has been adjourned to March 19 for trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses



THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to have the 10 Higer buses worth K26million belonging to imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga forfeited to the State.

Further, the DPP wants forfeiture of K1.5million which is in the account for Chibeka Express Limited, the company which was operating the 10 Higer buses deemed to be proceeds of crime.

In a notice of motion filed by the DPP before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, the DPP says the properties should be seized because they are tainted.

The lawsuit comes after the Magistrate’s Court jailed Ms Katanga, Monday, after being found guilty of possession of the 10 buses deemed to be proceeds of crime, is the interested party.

In the DPPs documents, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC),
chief investigations officer Ewdin Mwanza submits that Ms Katanga Monday, February, 19, Ms Katanga was tried and convicted of the offence of possession of suspected proceeds of crime.

Mr Mwanza submits that court record will show that the former senior police officer’s conviction is based on her being found in possession of 10 higer buses whose registration numbers are; BAF 5118 ZM, BAF 5119 ZM, BAG 8558 ZM, BAG 8559 ZM, BAG 8733 ZM, BAJ 2476 ZM, BAJ 2590 ZM, BAJ 2919 ZM, BAV 2931, BAL 9126 ZM, all worth K26,282,770.

Mr Mwanza submits that the record will show that I also seized K1,55,005.15 in Chibeka Express Limited account number 9130000699156 Stanbic bank Ndola main branch which received these funds from the operations of the 10 higer buses found by this honourable court to be proceeds of crime.

He adds that the matter is a proper one in which the court can order that the buses and money in the account be forfeited to the State for being proceeds of crime.

The State prays that this court orders that the properties be forfeited to the State and paid into the government’s consolidated fund held at Central Bank.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024

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