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Man jailed for trying to rape neighbours wife



NOT even claiming that God is his witness prevented a magistrate from jailing a 27-year old man accused of trying to rape his neighbour’s wife while her husband was in police custody.

Lusaka Magistrate Idah Phiri sentenced Mathews Mtonga, a builder of Ng’ombe Township, to two years imprisonment with hard labour for attempting to rape a 30-year-old woman he had escorted to the police to report her husband.

This is in a case Mtonga was facing one count of attempted rape, an incident which happened on August 23, 2022.

Mtonga attempted to rape Tryness Mvula without her consent.

The accused denied the charge.

The court heard that on the material day, Ms Mvula had an altercation with her husband and decided to go to Ng’ombe Police Station to report a case.

She accused her husband, Josphat Zulu, of malicious damage to property.

But on her way back home from the police, she met Mtonga, whom she new as Pilato, who offered to apprehend her husband and take him to the police station in connection with malicious damage to property.

Evidence is that Mtonga, with th help of others, apprehended Mr Zulu and took him to the police where he was detained.

The court heard that Ms Mvula then confided in Mtonga and explained to him that her husband had beaten her despite the fact that she had been financially supporting him.

But as Mtonga was escorting Ms Mvula in the evening, Mtonga tried to force himself on her by grabbing her in the neck.

The woman, who wore jeans, fell down and Mtonga went on top of her.

At this point, a vehicle driving by flashed some lights as the accused fled the scene and reported to the police and the accused was later arrested.

Magistrate Idah Phiri said the evidence was collaborative and linked the accused to the offence.

“I find the accused guilty and convict him,” magistrate Phiri said.

In mitigation, the accused pleaded for lenience because he is an only child fending for other relations.

“This is an offence I cannot commit. God is my witness,” he said.

But the magistrate said while he deserved leniency as a first offender, the case has been rampant in Lusaka and she needed to punish offenders to deter others.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 31st January, 2023)


Hippo crushes 71-year-old man’s upper right thigh bone




A 71-year-old man of Kaindu in Central Province area, has had his right femur crushed by a Hippo while fishing in the Kafue River.  Sitali Sililo who was trying to catch fish when his boat was flipped over by a hippo which then attacked him and crushed his right upper thigh.  Mr. Sililo was fortunately rescued by Mushingashi’s security department who received a distress call that a fisherman had been attacked by a hippo.

The team, through Mr. Sameki who is Mushingashi’s Security Assistant Supervisor, said following the distress call, they urgently coordinated the emergency assistance to rescue Mr Sililo.

“Knowing the injuries described, remoteness of the fishing village and lack of vehicle access to it, I arranged for a security boat to rescue Mr. Sililo and transport him to the nearest vehicle collection point on Mushingashi and to then transfer the patient over to the pre-requested Zambia National Service (ZNS) Kalenda Hill ambulance and medical team which was approximately 60km’s away,” Mr. Sameki said.

Mr Sameki and his security team had used their first aid skills to stop the bleeding, brace the broken leg and calm the panicked Mr. Sililo, before urgently transporting him to meet the ambulance at the rendezvous point.

“The ambulance team were very thankful for the assistance from the scouts. It was a great team effort between the community members who reported the attack and Mushingashi security team as well as the ZNS Kalenda Hill medical team to help Mr. Sililo get the urgent medical attention he needed, to save his life,” Mr. Sameki said.

And Mr Sililo in recounting the ordeal which happened on March 6th (2023) while in hospital at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) said that he had gone fishing in the morning at around 07:00 hours, when the hippo attacked him.

“I was in the water in my canoe and all I remember is that as I was trying to catch fish, I saw myself flying into mid-air and then dropped into the water after having my canoe being overturned by the hippo. It then attacked me and broke the bone in my upper right thigh,” he exclaimed in pain.

Mr Sililo who has since had his broken bone replaced with a metal bar says he is still in excruciating pain and has further called on well-wishers to come to his aid in terms of food support.

“Navutika (I am suffering) because I am in so much pain. All I can say is that I thank God I survived that day. One other thing that I am asking for is for Government or well-wishers to help me with food stuffs. My relatives are unable to meet all my needs and so I ask if I can be assisted in any way,” he said.

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Clinical officer drowns on Lake Kariba



A Clinical officer based at Munyama Rural Health Centre in Siavonga District has drowned on Lake Kariba.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said Brocklin Mtonga aged 27 drowned after the dugout canoe he was in capsized near the harbor at Munyama Health Centre.

He said facts are that the victim went to play football at Matente village and on his way back home, he decided to use a waterway and boarded a dugout canoe which was been paddled by Milimo Buleke also of Munyama village.

Mr Mwale said initial investigations indicate that as they were approaching the harbor near Munyama Health Centre, their dugout canoe got filled with water causing it to capsize.

“His colleague managed to swim to safety while the victim went down together with the canoe,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the incident occurred on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 around 18:00 hours on Lake Kariba near Munyama Rural Health Centre in Siavonga District. “The body was retrieved around 22:00 hours. Police have opened an Inquiry File to establish the actual cause of the incident,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th March, 2023)

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South African papa ‘heals’ Mwepu



A SOUTH-AFRICAN Pastor John Anosike of Word Faith in Cape Town has declared that 24-year-old Enock Mwepu has been healed of his heart problems.

The pastor said that Mwepu developed his heart condition as a result of consuming a sweet given to him by a friend.

Mwepu made headlines when last year when he was diagnosed with a heart condition which led to him shelving his career as the condition was said to possibly end his life had he continued with football.

Many sent out their words of sympathy to the young star, deciding for him to become a coach for young stars like him .

However, Mwepu in a video that has been trending online has been seen being prayed for by a South African based Pastor who claims that the young stars heart condition has been healed.

Mwepu revealed to the pastor that last year as he was on a plane travelling to attend international games and he was given a sweet by a friend.

He stated that since then, he developed a heart condition leading to him having heart palpitations.

“I just collapsed and they had to resuscitate me to wake up.Since then I came back to the UK and had to put a defibrillator to prevent heart palpitations,” he said.

After the testimony by Mwepu, Pastor Anosike declared that Mwepu was poisoned and further declared him healed.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th March, 2023)

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