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Man slips off a concrete stair case and falls off a bridge



A 46 year old man has died after slipping off a concrete stair case and fell off the 25 meters bridge landing with his head.
According to Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo, the deceased sustained a fractured lower jaw with a cut on the upper lip, bruised left side of the body and suspected broken neck.
Katongo said this happened along Tazara Railway Line at Chilombelo village in Chief Waitwika in Nakonde District around 18:00 hours on Thursday last week.
She has identified the deceased as Yorum Silungwe 46 of the same village.
“A report was recieved from Justine Silungwe, 43  that his elder brother Yorum  Silungwe 46 of Matuwi Village, Chief Waitwika, in Nakonde died after he fell down. It was reported that on the material day Yorum Silungwe in the company of his wife  Anna Namukonda, 35 went to visit a relative at Chilombelo Village, situated across the Tazara Railway Line,” Mrs Katongo said.
“At around 18:00 hours when the couple was going back home , the victim slipped off  concrete stair cases, and fell off the bridge approximately 25 meters down and landed head first. He sustained a fractured lower jaw with a cut on the upper lip, bruised left side of the body and suspected broken neck. An Inquiry has been launched in the matter,”  Mrs Katongo said.


Lusaka lawyer drags, Sylvia Masebo, to court over her directive that only vaccinated persons should enter govt buildings



A LUSAKA lawyer has sued Health minister Sylvia Masebo in the High Court over her directive that only vaccinated people against COVID-19 should be allowed access to government buildings.

According to a petition filed in court, Kelvin Zimba, a lawyer at Mosha and Company, wants the court to declare that the pronouncements made by Masebo on November 28, 2021 demanding that all persons entering public buildings and public service workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce proof of such vaccination is ultra vires Article 13,19,21 and 22 of the Constitution and therefore, void and of no effect.

Zimba, who has also cited the Attorney General in this petition, further seeks an order of certiorari that Masebo’s pronouncements be quashed for being unconstitutional.

Masebo directed that it will be a requirement for all persons to provide evidence of vaccination before entry into government buildings.

She also directed that it will be a requirement for civil and public servants to be vaccinated for them to be admitted at work.

The directives are with effect from November 30, 2021. According to Masebo, this was in response to the newly discovered Omicron variant in which the World Health Organisation (WHO) had asked countries to enhance surveillance.

But Zimba has argued that the minister’s directives are likely to violate his rights guaranteed in Article 13 (1) of the Constitution in that he will be deprived of his personal liberty as he will not be free to access government buildings and report for work unless he gets vaccinated.

He stated that as a legal practitioner, he is an officer of the court and court premises are government buildings, adding that his daily routine involves visiting government buildings such as police stations, Ministry of Lands, Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA), Mines, among others but that he would not be able to do so unless he provides proof of vaccination against COVID-19.

Zimba stated that Masebo’s decree would hinder him in the enjoyment of his freedom of conscience, thought and belief by putting him in a situation where he has to make painful and intensely burdensome choices of either being true to his conscience or risk forefeiting his practice of the law as he will not be allowed to enter government buildings without proof of vaccination.

He added that the directive will hinder him from moving freely within Zambia as he will be required to be vaccinated and provide proof.

Zimba stated further that he and small fraction of society have been discriminated against by a decree that coerces them to take the COVID-19 vaccine in order to access government buildings where they work and make ends meet from.

“There is no scientific evidence to prove that the vaccine can stop the spread of COVID-19 virus as studies are still ongoing and seem to suggest that it only increases one’s chances of survival,” Zimba said.

“I believe that the public interest in safeguarding the fundamental rights and freedoms of the individual far outweigh the currently public interest of the vaccination to stop the spread of COVID-19 as there is no guarantee on effectiveness and the vaccinations pose their own risks and threats to humanity,” he added.

Zimba stated that he believes it is unmerited to impose the vaccines on any fraction of the population as research is still ongoing and therefore, the government’s decisions should be quashed.

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Renard fined K2,500 for assaulting a priest



THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has fined a 62-year-old man of Kalingalinga K2,500 for assaulting a priest or in default serve nine months in prison.

This is a case in which Renard Mwale was charged with assault.

He assaulted an Anglican Church priest, Boniface Baleni, on November 22, 2020 but he pleaded not guilty.

Delivering judgement in the case, magistrate Chiyaika found Mwale guilty and convicted him of assault.

She said the prosecution proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt.

Magistrate Chiyaika ordered Mwale to pay the fine by December 17, 2021 or in default, go in prison for nine months.

She warned Mwale not to commit any similar offence.

Magistrate Chiyaika said she fined Mwale after considering his mitigation and apology which he rendered to the priest, court and society.

She advised Mwale and the priest to continue living in peace.

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My wife has a boyfriend, a Mr. Mubanga, Keith Mukata tells Court



KEITH Mukata has complained to the Lusaka High Court that his wife and her alleged boyfriend have been calling him a criminal.

He also stated that his wife Maricoh Roisin Hoare Mukata and her boyfriend, a Mr Mubanga, have been inciting his children and workers to turn against him.

Meanwhile, Mukata has submitted that it was impossible for him to harass Maricoh from a house where she does not live in.

Early this month, Maricoh filed for divorce on grounds that her husband denied her conjugal rights for three years.

However, Maricoh explained in her divorce petition that in 2018, she fell pregnant for Mukata after prison authorities gave her chance to have sex with him during a prison visit.

Maricoh stated that their marriage has broken down irretrievably for the reason that Mukata has behaved in such a way that she cannot be reasonably expected to continue living with him as there is no love and affection.

Maricoh has applied for an order of injunction to retrain her husband,

relatives, employees or agents from going near her home or work place until the matter is determined.

But Makata has opposed the protection order which his wife is seeking, saying it was impossible for him to harass her because she does not live in his house.

He complained that it was in fact Maricoh and her boyfriend Mubanga who have been belligerent towards him and have been calling him a criminal even to his children.

He accused Maricoh and her lover of inciting his children, workers and people in general to turn against him.

“I have since reported the petitioner and Mubanga who is her boyfriend to police for criminal defamation,” stated Mukata.

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