A MAN who was masquerading as a doctor in Chazanga Township has been jailed three years for injecting a woman with a purported contraceptive which later caused her arm to be amputated.
The Judgement is supposed to be a wakeup call for many purported doctors masquerading to be professionals, especially in townships, most of who offer services to vulnerable women.
The Lusaka Magistrate’s Court jailed
Shadrick Ng’andu, 58, after finding him guilty of the offense of maliciously administering poison with intent to harm.
On August 12, 2022, Ng’andu, alias Dr HH, administered a noxious drug on Nancy Musonda, causing her grievous bodily harm.
He had pleaded not guilty before Lusaka Magistrate Crispin Hampungani and several witnesses were called to testify against him.
In her testimony, the victim, Nancy Musonda, testified how she experienced pain in her arm, which was later amputated.
She said this was after the accused injected her with a contraceptive worth K20 she bought from him.
The woman said the medicine was purported to be a contraception administered to her by the accused.
Ms Musonda also narrated that after the accused injected her, the side effects of the drug caused her child to suffer diarrhoea after being breastfed.
In his verdict, magistrate Hampungani said according to the evidence, Ng’andu admitted injecting the victim, except that it was done at the will of the victim.
“Losing a limb or arm as a result of an accused’s actions intentionally or not amounts squarely to grievous harm,” he said. Mr Hampungani said.
“The evidence on record proves grievous bodily harm contrary to section 229 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia squarely and fails to [prove] malicious administration of noxious poison contrary to section 231 of the Penal Code.
In his final analysis, the magistrate found that the prosecution have lamentably failed to prove the offence of maliciously administering poison with intent to harm but have proved a lesser offence of grievous harm beyond reasonable doubt.
“I, therefore, find the accused guilty of causing grievous harm.”
But the victim told journalist she was not happy with the verdict because she expected a stiffer punishment since she has not been compensated for her permanent injury.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 15th August, 2023)
Mutale Mwanza dragged to court over alleged assault
MEDIA personality and talk show host Mutale Mwanza has been sued for allegedly yelling at a motorist while holding a gun, an incident which allegedly left the female victim, who is a doctor at the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH), traumatized.
The complainant, Natasha Mulenga, has complained that the incident left her extremely traumatized and she now wants the Lusaka High Court to order the outspoken entrepreneur to pay her damages for assault.
Court records show that the incident happened on November 5, 2023, when the two were stuck in traffic before the defendant, Ms Mwanza, emerged from her car with a gun.
The statement of claim filed at the Lusaka High Court shows that Dr Mulenga was on the material day driving home when she found a broken-down car in Chainda area and that during the time, traffic was building behind the stationery automobile.
The plaintiff submits that she then decided to keep to her lane and pass the scene in order for the built-up traffic to flow.
But before her vehicle passed the broken-down car, Ms Mwanza had started flashing vehicle lights at the doctor’s car and decided the defendant then decided to bypass the broken-down vehicle, joining Ms Mulenga’s lane.
The plaintiff submits that when Ms Mwanza blocked her car, the defendant(Ms Mwanza) then proceeded to disembark from her vehicle while carrying a firearm in her right hand.
Ms Mwanza then approached Dr Mulenga’s vehicle while shouting at her and banging on her vehicle.
“Arising from that, the plaintiff suffered extreme trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety, physiological distress, sleep disorder, experienced recurring nightmares about the event and gastrointestinal upset,” she submits in part.
The doctor adds that as a result of the injury suffered, she had to be placed on a mandatory 10 day medical leave due to diminished concentration and had to see a psychotherapist at the Adult and Emergency Hospital at UTH.
She now seeks damages for assault, among other reliefs
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 7th December, 2023)
PF camps battle their leadership arguments in court, as Judge reserves ruling
THE Miles Sampa led Patriotic Front(PF) group has urged the Lusaka High Court to dismiss the application in which the Rapheal Nakacinda camp has filed.
During hearing yesterday, Mr Sampa’s lawyers submitted that the case against him be dimissed because there is already another lawsuit pending before Judge Timothy Katanekwa which is related to the same party leadership case.
The lawyers submitted before Judge Situmbeko Chocho that in the other proceedings, Judge Timothy Katanekwa has not yet determine whether Raphael Nakacinda and Given Lubinda were legally appointed.
The duo were appointed and they later suspended Mr Sampa from the party over alleged gross misconduct.
In this matter, Mr Nakacinda and others, among them Mporokoso lawmaker Brian Mundubile want Judge Chocho to restore an injunction she had earlier granted in their favour.
The injunction prevented Mr Sampa from carrying himself as PF president until determination of a lawsuit against him.
But the Judge later discharged the same injunction which the Nakacinda team now want restored.
The Judge has reserved rulings on the matter to a later date to be announced.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 5th December, 2023)
Mine accident claims lives as victims feared drowned in buried tunnels
FOLLOWING a mine accident in Chingola district on the Copperbelt, reports suggest the victims that were buried alive are feared to have drowned.
The victims are suspected to have drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains and landslides buried the tunnels.
Police received a report of drowning from Abedenigo Keshinako who has since identified seven of his colleagues that were victims of mine accident at Kasenseli of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)open pit.
A combined rescue team of police, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) staff and fire brigade have however, not yet retrieved any of the bodies.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on November 30th between 21:00 hours and 22:00 hours.
“Mr Keshinako reported that those that are suspected to have drowned are Christopher Chungu ,Silvester other names not known ,John other name not known ,a person only known as Bashi Prisca , Joe other names not known,Gold other names not known and another one only known as Bashi Emma,” he said.
He noted that those identified together with others drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains.
“The Police, KCM rescue team and fire brigade visited the scene and it was discovered that there were two sites within the pit where the victims were buried. The bodies are not yet retrieved as efforts are being made to retrieve them,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)