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Eight stolen motor vehicles impounded



EIGHT motor vehicles have been impounded after it was established that they were reported stolen from outside the country, Inspector General of Police Graphel Musamba has said.

Along with impounding the vehicles, a truck carrying 25 tonnes of kyanite worth more than USD$ 5,000 has also been impounded for being transported illegally.
Mr Musamba said police have also secured some arrested and also apprehended around 46 illegal migrants.
This was done during an operation classified as USALAMA IX.
USALAMA IX is a joint operation by various Law enforcement agencies in the country which commenced on August 14th, this year.

The operation series started in 2013 with the aim to help tackle security threats such as human trafficking, drug trafficking, suspected gangs and security breaches.
The operation which was carried out starting August 14th, this year was conducted on the Copperbelt, Lusaka, Southern and Eastern provinces.

Mr Musamba said the joint operation went on for give days and resulted in seizures as well as arrests.

“A total number of eight motor vehicles were impounded on the during this operation, as follows, Copperbelt Province: Toyota Hilux Double Cab registration number AEB 3319, silver/grey in colour; Toyota Hilux Double Cab registration number AJE 4185, blue in colour;
Toyota Hilux Double Cab registration number BCE 9937, white in colour; Toyota Fortuner registration number BCE 4258, grey in colour; Ford Ranger registration number BCB 1564, orange in colour; Ford Ranger registration number AEB 2258, white in colour and Ford Ranger registration number BAT 2836 ZM, white in colour,” he said.

He said in Southern province, one vehicle a Ford Ranger registration number BCA 7302, orange in colour was also impounded.
Mr Musamba said all the eight motor vehicles’ particulars were checked against the International Police (INTERPOL) database and found to have been reported stolen from outside Zambia.

“In another development a Cino Truck registration number AIC 7101ZM and Trailer Registration number BAR 7736ZM was intercepted at Chongwe Toll Gate and impounded for transporting 25 tons of Kyanite worth US$5,250 and 5 tons of Amethyst worth US$900 without export permit,” he said.

Mr Musamba noted that the truck, which is currently in Zambia Revenue Authority custody, belongs to Eden Import and Export Limited of Kafue, Lusaka.

“Also 46 un-documented migrants were apprehended in Lusaka, Eastern and Coppeberlt Provinces, most of which were duly cleared by the Department of Immigration while six Burundians and one Congolese national remain in custody pending due process of the law.

On the other hand, assorted pharmaceutical products were seized from drug stores that were being operated illegally in Lusaka by Zambians and foreign nationals. In this case, five Zambians and one Congolese national were arrested, also pending due process of the law,” he said.

Mr Musamba noted that arrests for drug-related offences included four Burundians and three Congolese nationals for trafficking in Codeine and Cannabis, respectively.
He further stated that 54 Zambian nationals were arrested in Chaisa Compound and Lusaka Central District for various offences.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 19th August, 2023)


Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil



A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.

David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.

When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.

It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.

It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.

The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.

However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.

Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.

Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court



THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.

In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.

He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.

Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.

He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.

“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.

Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.

“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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Justice for girl killed by 10 dogs starts



A FARM director whose 10 vicious dogs mauled a 13-year-old girl to death has been charged with manslaughter and appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Last month, Shim Yaming’s dogs attacked and killed Sharon Banda, 13, who is the daughter of the accused’s person’s farm worker who lives within the ranch.

The incident happened around 05:00 hours when the victim went outside to use the toilet only to be attacked by the vicious beasts belonging to Shi of New Kasama.

Police visited the scene and discovered the dead body of the girl lying on the ground with multiple dog bites all over the body.
The victim’s father Allan Banda, 43, a poultry man at the farm, told police that his daughter was bitten and died on the spot as she sustained deep cuts all over her body.
Shi, 40, was later detained and slapped with the offence of reckless and negligent act and police later terminated some of the dogs which attacked the girl.

Yesterday, the accused appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with manslaughter.

Allegations are that on November 8 this year, Shi did cause the death of Sharon.
The case was allocated to magistrate Mwandu Sakala.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is supposed to issue a committal later so that the accused in the matter is taken to the High Court for trial since the offence he is facing can only be tried in a higher court.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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