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Inspector General of Police in court for ‘defaming’ Fred Mmembe



INSPECTOR General of Police Graphael Musamba this morning appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court in connection with a defamation complaint filed against him by Socialist Party leader Fred M’membe.

When the case was called, Lusaka Magistrate Crispin Hampungani was informed that consent to prosecute the case has not been issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The court was also informed that no reasons have been give by the DPP office as to why the consent has not been granted.

“We have not received any report from the DPP as to why consent has not been granted. The representative from Attorney General is before you and might have an explanation as to why consent has not been granted,” one of the lawyers prosecuting the case said.

But the magistrate retorted saying” I don’t think it is in order to ask a lawyer from the Attorney General’s chambers to state why consent has not been issued by the DPP”.

At this point, the magistrate asked Mr Musamba as to why he did not come to court at the last sitting.

“I consulted my advocate and was advised not to appear,” the IG responded.

The magistrate advised him that in the coming sittings, he has to be present or send someone to explain his whereabouts when unavailable.

The matter will resume on Friday for mention.

Last month, Dr Mmembe filed a defamation complaint before the Lusaka Magistrate Court’s criminal jurisdiction against Inspector Mr Musamba.

The complaint is in relation to Mr Musamba’s recent press briefing in which the police chief is quoted having said Dr M’membe’s statements on various social media platforms were inciting peace-loving Zambians into a civil disobedience.

But in his complainant, Dr Mmembe, a journalist and lawyer, complained that Mr Musamba’s utterances, in their natural and ordinary meaning were meant and understood to mean that he was instigating rebellion and anarchy in the country.

He then filed a defamation complaint against the Inspector General.

But when the matter first came up, the IG was nowhere to been seen prompting prosecutors to apply for issuance of an arrest warrant.

But the same was declined by the court.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 11th September, 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)

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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)

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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)

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