THREE people have died on the spot while 13 others sustained injuries after a Hiace Minibus they were travelling in from Lusaka to Mumbwa had a tyre burst and careered off the road.
The accident happened today Saturday around 10:20 hours near Sable Farm along Mumbwa Road and involved a Toyota Hiace Minibus registration number AlC 351 which had 16 passengers plus the driver on board.
Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata said the three deceased passengers have not been identified yet.
Katongo ssid the accident happened due to a tyre bust of a rear right tyre which made the driver identified as Patrick Moyo to lose control of the motor vehicle and carrered off the road.
She narrated that the three passengers who died jumped through Windows.
Meanwhile Katongo said some of the injured are in Mwembeshi Clinic while those with serious injuries have been reffered to UTH and that the bodies of the deceased persons are also in UTH mortuary.
In a related development, Local Government Minister Vincent Mwale has survived an accident after he hit a cow which was crossing the road.
The accident happened on Friday around 18:40 hours at Mchimazi area along Great East road.
Katongo said the Minister’s vehicle Toyota Prado registration number BAJ 518 which was being driven from west to east direction had damaged grill,left fender and broken left headlump.
Maid, Kambwili appears in court for adduction of two children of Asian origin
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.
Baby dies from suspected carbon monoxide, after her mother left alone in the room with a brazier
A-ONE-YEAR-OLD baby of Chainda Township has died when she was left alone by her mother to spend a night with her boyfriend after a drinking spree.
Losing UPND Matero candidate petitions High Court to nullify Miles Sampa’s election
LOSING UPND Matero parliamentary candidate Tom Michelo has urged the Lusaka High Court to nullify the election of Miles Sampa.
In a petition filed in court, Michelo said Sampa, who was declared winner of the August 12, 2021 Matero constituency parliamentary seat, was not validly elected.
Sampa won the election with 55,612 votes while Michelo got 33,598.
However, Michelo who has also sued the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), said the election in Matero was characterized with electoral offences such as violence, bribery and publication of false statement.
Michelo said Sampa’s agents attacked and caused serious injuries on UPND officials and other individuals.
He claimed that the agents for Sampa also damaged a motor vehicle.
The petitioner said Sampa on the eve of the election distributed campaign materials and 10KG bags of mealie meal with his name in a bid to solicit votes.
Michelo contended that this action by Sampa breached the Electoral Process Act and the Electoral Code of Conduct.
The petitioner also alleged that Sampa committed prescribed electoral offences in the capture and entry of valid votes cast in the totalling centre at Matero Boys Hall, that influenced the outcome of the election.
Michelo seeks a declaration that the ECZ did not conduct elections in Matero with due diligence and care. He also wants the court to order for the ballot papers to be scrutinised, verified and recounted.
Further, Michelo wants Sampa’s election to be nullified because the election was not free and fair.