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Lusaka woman convicted and fined K7000 in default nine months simple imprisonment for illegally importing pregnancy tests from Tanzania



THE Chinsali Magistrate Court in Muchinga Province has convicted and fined a Zambian woman K7000 in default nine months simple nine months Simple Imprisonment for importing medicines and allied substances from Dar es salaam, Tanzania into Zambia without an import permit.

This is in a matter where the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) intercepted  Shillan Chirwa, female aged 44, of Lusaka Arrakan Barracks and took her to court for importing medicines and allied substances without an import permit from the Authority.

Chirwa was found with 200 bottles of 100ml of Cephalexin oral suspension and 130 x 100 boxes of Pregnancy test strips.

This was during a route check conducted on a Tanzanian Bus called “Classic Coach” at Chansali Check point of Chinsali District.

When the matter was brought before magistrate George Banda on August 4, this year at Chansali Magistrate’s  Court , Chirwa pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined upon being convicted.

The medicines and allied substances were seized and forfeited to the state for disposal.

And ZMRA public relations officer Ludovic Mwape has warned would be offenders to desist from committing illegalities.

“We wish to issue a stern warning to all those who commit similar offences that we are equal to the task of ensuring that only medicines and allied substances that are legally imported in the country are allowed on the Zambian market.

This is to ensure safety, quality and efficacy of medicinal products and allied substances being imported in the country,” he said.

Mr Mwape said failure to adhere to the set standards as regards to the importation of medicines and allied substances will result in offenders being prosecuted.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, August 13th, 2022)


Lusaka man apprehended for allegedly assaulting two surveyors



POLICE  in Lusaka have apprehended a suspect identified as Situmbeko Silume aged 43 of Mtendere East.

This is in a matter  in which two  land surveyors  were allegedly assaulted in Mikango area by a mob.

The incident occurred  on  January 20, 2023 at around 12:45 hours in Mikango area.

Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said investigations indicate that  Colonel Charles Mulenga a Zambia Army officer and Hargai Mulenga  both  surveyors  were doing land surveying works in Mikango  area when a  mob attacked them.

“In the process, the two surveyors  were assaulted  and had their surveying equipment  grabbed.

The suspect is detained in custody while a manhunt for the other accomplices  has been instituted,” Mr Chilabi said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 26th January, 2023)

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A traditional healer disappears with client’s motor vehicle after promising to heal the son, police say



A TRADITIONAL healer of Lusaka’s Mandevu area has disappeared with a motor vehicle of a client that he assured of healing his son with a mental condition.

The 61-year-old victim is believed to have sort the help of doctor Salapo and handed him over his Toyota Prado valued at K137,000 in exchange of healing his son with a mental condition.

However, the traditional healer has since bolted to another country and police have since launched a manhunt.

Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said police in Lusaka are investigating a case of Obtaining Goods by False Pretences involving a Traditional Healer who is believed to have gotten away with a motor vehicle  belonging to his client.

“On January 25, 2023, Police received a report from a named man  aged 61 of Lusaka that his Toyota Prado valued at K137,000 was fraudulently obtained by a Traditional Healer only identified as Doctor Salapo of MandevuCompound.Investigations reveal that  the complainant has a son with a mental health condition.He engaged  the said traditional healer to treat his son,” he said.

He said that since the complainant had no money to pay, he was asked  to surrender his motor  vehicle together with the  white book as surety before the commencement  of treatment.

“The complainant handed over the vehicle as instructed.However,the patient was not treated and  the traditional healer has since  disappeared with the said  motor vehicle. He is believed to have fled to a named neighbouring country.A manhunt  has been launched,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 26th January, 2023)

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Boys too are not safe, mother narrates sodomy of her autistic son



VISIBLY broken, a woman testified how she discovered that her 10-year-old son who has autism was sodomised on two occasions by a 25-year-old man from the neighbourhood in Chungu Townshhip, Lusaka.

Apart from autism, which is a spectrum disorder related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socialises with others, the victim is now facing the trauma of being sodomised, allegedly by Peter Jere, who is believed to be HIV positive.

On Tuesday, the child’s mother told Lusaka Magistrate Sheila Mweene that her son was molested twice and on the day she discovered the incident, his alleged aggressor had picked him from home around 15:00hours and the boy only returned in the evening .

The court also heard that when the boy returned home after 18:00hours, he disclosed that he had been sodomised by Jere, alias Manyoni.

The alleged sexual abuse allegedly happened on March 3 and 4 this year.

When Jere first appeared in court, he claimed that he was not mentally fit for prosecution but a psychiatrist’s report indicated that he can stand trial.

During continued trial on Tuesday, the child’s mother narrated that the second time her child was sodomised, the incident happened in an unfinished church building.

She testified that on the material day, the victim, who is usually withdrawn, kept calling her several times but was not saying anything.

“I proceed to the sitting room where I saw my son crying. I asked him why he was crying and he started telling me that ‘Manyoyi removed my clothes and started having sex with him from behind,” the woman narrated.

The child also informed her that the experience was very painful.

“I then told him to remove the cloths, his porta was red. I then got my son and proceeded to Chunga police to report the matter. I then went to the accused’s residence but never found him,” she said.

The victim was later taken to the University Teaching Hospitals for treatment the following day where he was examined and placed on Pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment.

“I was told by hospital staff that that the results were to be sent to the police once out. After sometime, I went to the police to ask if the results are out but they told me I can’t access the results unless from court” the woman narrated.

The court heard that the accused was later arrested at the victim’s house where he went to apologise for his actions in the company of his mother.

“The accused came with his mother to my house, they pleaded that he should not be jailed because he is sick and HIV positive,” the woman narrated.

In cross examination, the accused asked what colour of clothes he wore when he went to the victim’s house.

“I did not pay attention because I was angry,” the witness replied.

At this point, the victim was called into the courtroom to testify but journalists were excused since the Child Code Act does not allow coverage of juveniles.

Trial continues next month.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 26th January, 2023)

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26 Jan 2023, 2:36 AM (GMT)

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