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Four Twin Palm pupils set free, High Court says there’s no evidence linking them to the murder of Ryan Phiri

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LUSAKA High Court judge Sharon Newa has acquitted four Twin Palm Secondary School pupils who were accused of killing a Kabulonga Boys’ Secondary School pupil Ryan Phiri last year.

Mwebantu Reports that, Judge Newa set the four pupils at liberty because there was no evidence linking them to the murder offence.

Elvis Nsokolo, 19, who was at the time a head boy at Twin Palm Secondary, was jointly charged with three juveniles from the same school for the alleged murder of Phiri.
The incident happened on December 4 after pupils from Twin Palm and Kabulonga Boys’ clashed. Ryan, 17, was a grade 12 pupil at Kabulonga Boys’.

Judge Newa in her judgement said there was nothing linking Elvis to the assault of the deceased which led to his death while the other three juveniles were not mentioned as having participated in the beatings apart from the testimony from the police.

She said the deceased was unconscious at the time his parents alleged that he told them that Elvis was one of the persons who beat him during the clash.

Judge Newa said no reasonable tribunal could convict anyone based on the evidence adduced in the matter and she acquitted all the accused persons forthwith.

During trial, Ryan’s parents testified that their child told them that Elvis was one of the persons that attacked him. But the court has dismissed that piece of evidence, saying the deceased was unconscious.

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22 pupils cheat death along Masaiti- Luanshya road, police say

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POLICE in Luanshya have recorded a serious road traffic accident which occurred on Friday last week at around 15:00 hours along Masaiti- Luanshya road.
In a media statement, police spokesperson Esther Katongo said involved in the accident was a lone motor vehicle Mitsubishi canter registration number AOB 50 which was being driven by George Mwansa Mwenda aged 47 of Mikomfwa in Luanshya who sustained a fractured right arm.
She said 22 passengers were on board, among them pupils from Masaiti Boarding School.
Mrs Katongo said out of the 22, 20 sustained multiple injuries while two escaped unhurt.
“Two victims are in Roan Hospital, three are in Thomson Hospital while the rest have been discharged,” she said.
She said the accident happened when the said motor vehicle was being driven from Masaiti to Luanshya town in the process, the driver lost control of the motor vehicle and flipped due to excessive speed.

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Maid, Kambwili appears in court for adduction of two children of Asian origin

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A 28-year-old Lusaka maid and a 39-year-old man who abducted two children of Asian origin have pleaded guilty in the Magistrates’ Court.

Hellen Banda is jointly charged with businessman Chilumina Kambwili on two counts of abduction and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.

Banda and Kambwili are alleged to have abducted Sundrshan Patel and Njlakshi Patel, the unmarried girls under the age of 16 out of care and protection of their parent, Kumar D. Patel having lawful care against their will.

The offence was committed on September 13, 2021.

The two accused also stole a motor vehicle, a Toyota Allion registration number BAG 5479, valued at K110,000, the property of Patel.

They appeared before chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalichi and pleaded guilty.

Banda admitted that she took the children who are not her relatives.

She said she used to work at their parent’s house.

Banda had a tough time responding to a question on where she took the children but after being pressed for an answer, she said she took them to Kabanana compound in Lusaka where she stays.

She explained that she was fired from work for being absent and so she decided to take the children to her place.

And Kambwili admitted taking the children from their parents home without authority from the parents

He said the parents were not paying him his salary and so he took the children.

Asked whether he knew that it was an offence, he responded in affirmative.

The matter was adjourned to September 28 for facts and sentencing.

According to a police statement,

the abducted children were found in Lusaka’s Kabanana Compound in a rented house believed to have been occupied on Monday, 13th September, 2021, the day the children were reported missing.

More information will be availed at an appropriate time,” stated police spokesperson Esther Katongo.

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IG warns criminals harrassing and torturing those perceived to be their political enemies

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INSPECTOR general of Police Lemmy Kajoba has warned criminals harrassing and torturing those perceived to be their political enemies.

In a media statement, Mr Kajoba has directed officers around the country to bring to book criminals involved in the heinous crimes.

“Such conduct is evidenced by the reports which we are receiving as Zambia Police as well as videos circulating on social media.

I want to make it sink in the minds of all criminals behind such heinous acts or any other form of criminal activity that I will not allow such kind of lawlessness to happen under my watch. All those that would want to take the path of criminality under the guise of politics or any other motive should know that their time to answer to criminal charges is slowly catching up with them,” he said.

Mr Kajoba said his command will not in any way apply the law selectively but shall ensure that all persons are protected from criminality and that they enjoy their human rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Constitution.

He said police will ensure that law and order is maintained  by reaching out to all those whose behaviour will be contrary to the provisions of the law irrespective of their status in society.

“From the disturbing incidences that have happened so far, we followed up the offenders and we have arrested about 10 suspects for various offences who will be appearing in Court and we are still searching for those that have gone into hiding,” Mr Kajoba said.

He also warned offenders who have temporarily managed to elude the long arm of the law is that they should not in any way feel safe where ever they may be hiding because soon they will be fished out and be made to answer for their criminal acts.

The IG further called on members of the public who could have fallen victim of such misconduct to quickly report to the nearest police so that perpetrators are brought to book.

“I therefore, expect police officers to be swift in responding to reports made by members of the public  so that we can quickly get rid of criminals tormenting people in communities,” he said.

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Zambia Stats

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