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Mother given suspended sentence for deserting daughters



THE 20-YEAR-OLD housewife of Mtendere Township who admitted deserting her seven-months old baby and two others aged, six and seven has been jailed for one year.

But she is lucky the court was lenient by suspending the sentence for 15 months during which she should not commit a similar offence or else she will serve the full one year jail term in prison.

In this case, Maureen Makai was facing three counts of desertion of a child.

Evidence is that on August 31 this year, Makai, being a mother and having lawful custody of a baby boy,NC, aged six, wilfully and without lawful authority deserted or left the child without support.

It was also alleged that on the same date, the accused, being a mother and having lawful custody of a baby girl, MC, aged three, wilfully and without lawful authority deserted or left the child without support.

In the last count, allegations were that on the same date, Makai, being a mother and having lawful custody of a baby girl, CC, aged seven months-old, wilfully and without lawful authority deserted or left the child without support.

When she appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Mbuywana Sinvula, she admitted all the charges.

The court heard that she had bene deserting her children since 2022 until recently when her neighbours reported her to the police.

The last time she deserted her children was on August 29 between 07:00 and 11:00hours.

After been apprehended in connection with the allegations, the accused reportedly told the court

She admitted having left the children unattended because she had not helper who can look after.

The court also heard that when he neighbours counselled her on the need to be there for her little ones, she would hurl insults at them.

Before she was sentenced yesterday, the crying Maureen pleaded for mercy and informed the court she was unware her actions would land her in court.

“I am sorry,” she said.

Magistrate Sinvula chastised the accused for her uncalled for behaviour which put her children at risk.

She counselled her to be responsible because by virtue of being a mother, she forsook certain life styles and needed to be there for her children, especially the breast feeding youngest.

To exercise leniency, the magistrate, who warned she would not condone her behaviour if it reoccurs, gave her a 12months sentence suspended for 15 months, meaning should will not be in custody.

(Mwebantu,  Thursday,  5th October, 2023)


Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil



A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.

David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.

When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.

It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.

It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.

The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.

However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.

Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.

Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court



THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.

In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.

He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.

Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.

He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.

“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.

Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.

“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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Justice for girl killed by 10 dogs starts



A FARM director whose 10 vicious dogs mauled a 13-year-old girl to death has been charged with manslaughter and appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Last month, Shim Yaming’s dogs attacked and killed Sharon Banda, 13, who is the daughter of the accused’s person’s farm worker who lives within the ranch.

The incident happened around 05:00 hours when the victim went outside to use the toilet only to be attacked by the vicious beasts belonging to Shi of New Kasama.

Police visited the scene and discovered the dead body of the girl lying on the ground with multiple dog bites all over the body.
The victim’s father Allan Banda, 43, a poultry man at the farm, told police that his daughter was bitten and died on the spot as she sustained deep cuts all over her body.
Shi, 40, was later detained and slapped with the offence of reckless and negligent act and police later terminated some of the dogs which attacked the girl.

Yesterday, the accused appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with manslaughter.

Allegations are that on November 8 this year, Shi did cause the death of Sharon.
The case was allocated to magistrate Mwandu Sakala.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is supposed to issue a committal later so that the accused in the matter is taken to the High Court for trial since the offence he is facing can only be tried in a higher court.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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