Police arrest Lusaka lawyer for stealing K 40,000
POLICE in Lusaka have arrested prominent Lawyer Mcqueen Zaza for extortion after he purported to be President Hakainde Hichilema’s lawyer and legal adviser.
Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said Zaza swindled a business consultant who has a contract with the Ministry of Defence to supply uniforms and vests.
“Police in Lusaka received a report of Extortion from Yvonne Shakantu 51 of House No. 31, Chitimukulu road, PHI Lusaka, a business lady who reported on behalf of Roy Musonda 39 of Plot No. 30, Birds view, Silverest, a Business consultant and Director at Big Eye Limited who has a Contract with Ministry of Defence to supply Uniforms, Bullet proof vests that he was swindled of K40, 000 by unscrupulous people.
Brief facts of the matter are that on 14th October, 2021at about 17:00 hours, Roy Musonda received a text message from Mr Mcqueen Zenzo Zaza 40 of plot Number Q1AZURITE Apartment Ibex Meanwood purporting to be a Lawyer of The President and legal adviser and that he wanted to meet him. Musonda with his friend Webby Kasalu 47 a business man drove to the car wash which is a few meters from his office within Garden City Mall to meet Zaza and his colleagues,” Mr Hamoonga said.
He explained that Mr Zaza claimed that he had connections with Home Affairs minister Jack Mwiimbu.
“One of them introduced himself as Detective Bwalya Chilufya based at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Police Station and the other as Richard Phiri an engineer a public officer employed by Zambia Revenue Authority in Kasama.
The said persons drove the victim and his friends to Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Police Station where he was told that earlier in the day, they had spotted him at Ministry of Defence and wanted to know how he got the said contract. Mr Zaza demanded that he pays him one million kwacha so that his contract does not get terminated as he had connections with the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Jacob Mwiimbu, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Garry Nkombo and many others,” Mr Hamoonga explained.
He said Roy Musonda requested for funds from his fellow business partners and raised K40, 000 which he paid Mr Zaza at the back of Garden City Car park where he was comfortable and remained with a balance of K10, 000,as he had demanded to be paid K50,000.”
Mr Hamoonga said Mr Zaza continued demanding for the balance with his colleagues until on 15th October, 2021at 20:00 hours when he was nabbed by Police officers when he went to collect the balance.
He said the police officers managed to recover K24, 000 from the three suspects which was brought to the police by the suspects friends.
Mr Hamoonga said the money has been seized and kept as exhibit.
“The trio Mr Zaza 40 of plot Number Q1AZURITE Apartment Ibex Meanwood, Detective Constable Bwalya Chilifya 27 of unknown House number lbex Hill and Richard Phiri aged 29 of unknown House number Ibex Hill were charged and arrested for the offence of Extortion Contrary to Section 279 Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia and have since been given Police bond pending to appear in court,” he said
Mr Hamoonga has warned the general public to be warily of people masquerading around to be holding offices of influence in the new dawn government administration whilst demanding for payments.
He said the Police will fairly and firmly deal with all those who will be found wanting according to the law.
Kwisa, I am still DP president, says Harry Kalaba
DEMOCRATIC Party (DP) National Secretary says Harry Kalaba is still the party president and his expulsion by the three founding party members should be treated as null and void.
And Mr Kalaba has described the challenge of his expulsion as nothing.
Addressing the media in Lusaka, Jewis Chabi said Mr Kalaba was elected as party President through the national convention that was held last year in November.
Mr Chabi explained that the move was done in fulfillment of the requirement of Zambia’s constitution that demands that for one to stand as president in the general elections he has to go through the convention of a political party.
“Hence the assertions by the three colleagues that Mr Kalaba was only sponsored as a candidate for the purposes of the 2021 general elections are null and void,” he said.
Mr Chabi has since urged party members across the country to remain calm, adding that DP is the new hope for the Zambian people.
He further said the three colleagues have been suspended with immediate effect.
“We are going to write them exculpatory letters that they will need to respond to in 14 days,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Kalaba added that the DP party has seen a lot of challenges throughout its journey and what transpired yesterday is nothing.
He said the party is growing and it is expected to that it encounter a lot of challenges.
Mr Kalaba further said DP is the party the Zambian people are counting on because their burdens are carried on our shoulders.
“We will watch and move on, we will continue with mobilisation programmes of the party,” he stated.
Bowman asks court to order DNA in paternity dispute, defamation case
FORMER Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo has sued a woman who claims that he fathered her three children while the fourth one is on the way.
Lusambo, who is PF Kabushi MP is seeking damages for libel and an order that a Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test be conducted to ascertain the parternity of Mercy Matongo Cowham’s children.
In a statement of claim filed in court, Lusambo stated that Cowham on September 28, 2021 published through a video footage circulated on Facebook by Prime TV and other online media houses to the effect that he has been in a relationship with her for about eight years and fathered three children with her and she is expecting another one.
In the said video, Cowham alleged that Lusambo abandoned her and his children.
He stated that the words or sentiments expressed in the said video in their ordinary meaning, mean and were understood to mean that he is an adulterer who has committed adultery for the last eight years.
Lusambo stated that the sentiments by Cowham also meant that he was engaged in sexual activity with her on several occasions resulting in him fathering four children whom he has abandoned thus being irresponsible.
The former minister stated that the sentiments are injurious to his reputation and lower his estimation in the eyes of right thinking members of society more so that he is a public figure.
“The words contained in the said video footage were published and continue to be published to the wide population as the video was found to be sensational and thus it went viral. The said sentiments were maliciously published by the defendant with her full knowledge that they are unfounded, false and injurious to the plaintiffs’ reputation,” the claim read further.
Lusambo is claiming is damages for libel, exemplary damages, retraction and apology of the statements in question.
He has also asked the court to order that a DNA test be conducted.