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Lusaka woman aged 23 and three men appear in Court for alleged murder of Dr Mwengwe

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A 23-year-old woman who is jointly charged with three men for the alleged murder of veterinary doctor, Evans Mwape Mwengwe last month, have appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for explanation of the charge.
Mwebantu Reports, that Doris Nduba, a student of Ibex Hill, Kenani Jere, 23 of Katondo Street, Keegan Zulu, 38, a businessman of Chalala and Josat Tembo, 42, a mechanic of Chilenje are charged with murder and aggravated robbery.
The accused persons appeared before Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma who explained the charges they are facing.
The four accused persons allegedly attacked and killed Dr Mwengwe after he offered them  a lift from Kabwe.
The accused got away with Dr Mwengwe’s vehicle and other valuables. In first count, it is alleged that Nduba, Jere, Zulu and Tembo between June 10, 2021 and June 12, 2021 at Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together murdered Dr Mwengwe.
It is further alleged that the four on the fateful day stole Dr Mwengwe’s Infinix phone valued at K5,000, one Mac book laptop valued at K23,800, two bags of maize valued at K300 and his Mercedes Benz, ML320 registration No. BAB 2838 valued at USD14,500.
The four used actual violence on Dr Mwengwe during the attack.
After reading out the charges to all the four accused persons, magistrate Kaoma informed them that the offences they were facing  were only triable by the High Court and as such, they would not take plea before him.
The magistrate also informed the accused persons that they were only appearing before him for mention and would continue to do so until the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issues a certificate of committal to the High Court for them to undergo trial or commence a preliminary inquiry (PI) in the matter.
He adjourned the case to July 23 for another mention and possible committal to the High Court.
Dr Mwengwe reportedly went missing as he traveled from Kabwe to Lusaka on the evening of June 10. His body was discovered two days later, partially burnt.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale in a statement last month said the police had recovered the vehicle partially stripped at a house belonging to one of the accused,  Tembo, in Lusaka’s Chilenje area.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that the deceased offered transport to the suspects from Bimas in Kabwe. He was found dead at Six Miles in Kabangwe area,” stated Mwale.

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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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