Maid killed in Lusaka’s Meanwood area after failed rape attempt, Police Say
A 29 YEAR OLD maid of Lusaka’s Meanwood residential area (Vorna Valley) identified as Eunice Nkata has been strangled to death after the assailant’s attempts to take her failed.
And Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has refuted social media reports suggesting that there have been ritual killings in the same area in reference to the above case.
Katongo in a statement said the victim’s body was found in a decomposed state on Sunday along Miombo road, in elephant grass facing upwards in a pink vest and black skirt with ripped stomach and protruding intestines.
And Katongo has further dispelled reports that the tongue of the deceased was missing but said that it was also found protruding.
She said a pair of blue puma male sleepers was found at the scene of crime while one of the victim’s sleepers was found on the road about two meters from the scene.
Katongo narrated that police also found a half filled plastic bottle of opaque beer (Chibuku).
She said preliminary investigations have revealed that on 30th March 2019 around 20 00 hours, the deceased was coming from work in the Company of her mother identified as Mary Chibuye and another female person also working as a maid and passed through a drinking place where the deceased bought the liquor which was found on the scene in a plastic bottle.
“As they proceeded home, the mother of the deceased together with the other person passed through a nearby bakery to buy bread but the victim proceeded home alone and that was when she met her fate,” Katongo said.
Katongo said no body part was found missing.
And Katongo has stated that the postmortem results have revealed that the victim was strangled to death as the assailant attempted to rape her but did not manage.
She said the body has been buried and investigations have been instituted.
Nephew arrested raping his aunt, police say
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly raped and assaulted by her 31-year-old nephew after she was from bathing.
Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the incident happened when the victim 25 went into the bathroom to take a bath while wrapped in a chitenge material.
However, shortly after she came out of the bathroom, Joseph Shula allegedly pounced on her.
“The suspect then covered her mouth with his hand to avoid her shouting and went on to undress the victim and inserted his penis into her private parts,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said the victim sustained a painful vagina and general body pains.
He said Shula was immediately apprehended by members of the family and some neighbours who took him to Mushili
Police Post where the matter was reported.
Mr Mweemba said Shula will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, a man of Chipulukusu is on the run after he allegedly defiled a 15-year-old neighbour.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
High temperatures and clear skies expected in June and July due to El Nino conditions
MINISTER of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu says the country will continue experiencing high temperatures above normal for both day and night during this month and July.
The Minister however said, episodes of cooler night temperatures may be experienced for a few days over Gwembe, Ndola, Mansa, Mwinilunga, Kasempa, Kabompo, Livingstone and Mbala Districts and surrounding areas.
He said the high temperatures are attributed to the El Nino conditions being observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the warmer Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures.
“Moreover, there has been an increase in the heat trapping Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere globally. These conditions are fuelling the high temperatures being observed,” he said.
Mr Nzovu said the expected high temperatures may drive increase in energy demands for cooling and irrigation.
He said in addition, the increased water losses due to evaporation resulting from the high temperatures may affect water levels in dams and other water bodies.
Mr Nzovu further said the high temperatures may provide favourable conditions for agriculture pests as well as human and animal diseases to thrive
He said his ministry through the Meteorological Department, in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will continue providing updates and advisories.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
‘Abductors’ plead guilty
THE two men accused or abduction have pleaded guilty to five out of the over 50 abduction, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and sexual offenses committed against against 13 young women last October.
A marshall is currently reading the rest of the charges to James Bwalya and Mathews Sikaonga who are appearing before Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda.
(THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY)
(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)