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Minister, PS and three UPND members want Government to pay them money over malicious prosecution

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BARELY a few months after the State agreed to pay 10 UPND party members K1 million damages each for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution, five more members of the ruling party also wants compensation.

The latest applicants who have filed their claim in the Lusaka High Court include government officials.

The five have sued the state seeking among other reliefs, damages for false imprisonment.

Patrick Mucheleka, Permanent Secretary for Special Duties, Small Medium Entreprises Minister Elias Mubanga and UPND national youth secretary Samuel Ngwira, Chinyimba Bwalya and Kelvin Kalusha Bwalya are the plaintiffs.

In a statement of claim, the five say they were apprehended and arrested without reasonable cause by the Zambia Police Service for 31 days.

They said their arrest was from September 13, 2020 to October 3, 2020 at Kasama Police Station on charges of aggravated robbery and malicious damage to property.

The plaintiffs state that during trial, the State set them free through a nolle prosequi for lack of evidence.

Because of this, the five now want to be compensated money wise by the state for damages, mental distress, mental anguish, emotional distress, inconvenience and embarrassment among other reliefs.

Last August, the State agreed to pay 10 UPND members K1 million each as damages for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution on allegations that they were behind the burning of City Market in Lusaka.

Attorney General, Mulilo Kabesha, further agreed to pay them costs in the sum of K700,000.

Michael Tembo, Njwau Sitali, Mainza Chongo, Mulenga Chileshe, Wonder Nakazuba, David Samba, Sitali Mukuni, Biggie Mubanga, Zhyinga Kahiata and James Hambulo had sued the State claiming damages for the inhumane treatment they endured before law officers after being accused of arson in 2017.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 12th January, 2024)

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One year old baby girl dies after drowning in a pit latrine, police say 

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A YOUNG mother of Southern Province will sadly live her life trying to turn back the hands of time after her decision to take a nap ended in tragedy.

Lizzy Himompa aged 18-years-old is believed to have decided to take a nap, leaving her one-year-old child in company of other children.

However, the company of children left to care for her baby failed her as she woke to find her baby had fallen in a pit latrine and drowned.

Southern Province commanding officer Auxensio Daka said the incident occurred on February 25th.

He said the matter was reported by the mother to the deceased baby.

“Facts of the matter are that on the material day, around 14:00 hours, the mother decided to take a nap while her daughter was left playing outside the house with her friends. However, when she woke up at 16:00 hours , she noticed that her baby was missing,” he said.

Mr Daka said later, she started searching around with the help of neighbours until she discovered her shoe on the edge of the pit latrine.

He said upon peeping inside, they spotted the baby floating in human faecal matter.

“Police together with fire brigade personnel rushed to the scene and found that the body had already been retrieved by the neighbors and rushed to hospital where the baby was pronounced dead,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 26th February, 2024)

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Over 50 passengers survive road traffic accident in Nyimba Town, Eastern Province

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OVER 50 passengers have survived a road traffic accident at Renano area in Nyimba Town, Eastern province.

The incident involving a Scania bus with registration number ALK 7846, owned by Jonda Bus Tour Believe happened yesterday at around 13:00 hours.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the bus, driven by Lottie Mwale, 36, of Chipata Motel, sustained damages to the windscreen, left side view mirror, passengers’ door, bull bar, front fender, left fender, and power steering pump.

He said Mr Mwale and the 53 passengers on board escaped unhurt.

Mr Hamoonga said the bus was travelling from Chipata to Lusaka at the time of the accident.

“Additionally, a Nissan Navara with registration number NU 64 was involved, driven by Mr. Ajidah Salim, 43, of Lilongwe, Malawi. The front part of the vehicle suffered extensive damage. Mr Salim and three passengers escaped unhurt, while Ms. Fatima Chipile was rushed to Nyimba for medical attention,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the accident happened when the driver of the Nissan Navara, Mr Salim attempted an improper overtaking manoeuvre, resulting in a head-on collision with the oncoming bus.

He said emergency services promptly responded, and all casualties have been transported to the hospital for necessary medical attention.

“We urge all road users to adhere to traffic regulations and exercise caution on the roads to prevent such unfortunate incidents,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 26th February, 2024)

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57-year-old North-Western man allegedly kills wife’s lover

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A 57-year-old man of North-Western Province might spend the rest of his remaining years on earth in prison after being consumed by jealousy anger and betrayal which led him to kill another man.

Kennedy Liwema is alleged to have found his wife, Kakumbi Nyaketti,62 with her lover, Luka Motoho aged 65 sleeping naked in their matrimonial bed.

Acting out his anger, he started beating the victim using fists and a pounding stick and tied him using a rope.

North-Western Province commanding officer Dennis Moola said the incident occurred on February 23rd this year.

He said the case of murder was reported by the victims son.

“Facts surrounding the matter are that the accused person on February 15th, 2024 left his wife home and went to his farm in katendwa area. However, when he got back on February 23rd, between 20:00 hours and 21:00 hours, upon arrival he found his wife, Kakumbi Nyaketti aged 62 with the victim sleeping on his matrimonial bed naked in his house,” he said.

Mr Moola said the suspect then started beating the victim using fist and a pounding stick and tied him using a rope.

He explained that the victim who was unconscious was rescued and taken to the hospital by neighbours.

“However,upon arrival at the hospital , he was pronounced dead. Police rushed to the scene and on physical inspection of the body a suspected broken skull which was observed,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 25th February, 2024)

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