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Mother narrates how she killed her husband for allegedly sexually abusing their 12-year-old daughter

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JUST like in the true life movie drama called ‘Not without my daughter’ where a mother fights for her child despite the many obstacles,

A woman of Copperbelt’s Luanshya district has also demonstrated the love and pain of a mother after she has admitted to having killed her husband who was also HIV positive for allegedly abusing her 12-year-old daughter last year.

Prudence Daka, a billing officer from Kafubu Water and Sanitation Company (KWSC) told court that she hit her husband with a steel rod in the head after catching him pants down from allegedly abusing their daughter who was in tears.

Daka is jointly charged with Stanley Mutimba 30 for the murder of Clarence Zulu.

When the matter came up yesterday before Mr Justice Daniel Musonda in the Ndola-high-court yesterday, Daka said on August 28, last year, her sister from Pakistan visited her home and she asked her was to escort her into town to change money.

Daka said while at the bus station, she realised that she forgot her phone at home, and when she went back home, she found all the doors to the house locked.

She told court that when she went back, she knocked on the door five times before the door could be opened and when it was opened, her daughter came out crying, while her husband came out of the toilet in boxers.

“My husband dressed up and left and I then asked my daughter what was wrong and she told me that her father was sexually abusing her. I then told her not to tell anyone. Later in the day, I asked my husband and sister if we could go out for drinks .I was just pretending so that my sister could not tell what happened. When we came back at 23:00 hours, I asked my husband why he was abusing my daughter when he knew he was HIV positive. Instead he started insulting me and was not apologetic. I got upset and got a steel rod and hit on his head. That is how he fell to the ground and stopped moving,” she said.

Daka said she then called her nephew, Mutimba to assist her to take her husband to the hospital, but on the way, she decided to dump the body in the bush because she was scared of being arrested.

She further added that two years before the incident, she caught her husband touching her daughter’s breasts, who at the time was eight years old.

When asked by State advocate Innocent Kamunga why she did not report her husband to the police after discovering that he was abusing her daughter, Daka told court that she loved her husband so much that she did not want him to be arrested.

And Mutimba told court that Daka called her at around 22:00 hours to take his uncle to the hospital after a marital dispute.

He however said he was surprised to find himself in the bush as he was intoxicated and had dozed off on the way.

“I was shocked and asked what was happening, she threatened me not to tell anyone. She then got the car keys and told me to take to it to the car wash and return it the following day. I then left for Ndola but I was so disturbed that I ended up in an accident and was apprehended by police,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, August 19th, 2022)

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Pharmacist in K100,000 theft case

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A PHARMACIST is in court over theft of more than K100, 000 and hundreds of dollars cash.

Evans Bwalya, 35, of Avondale is facing 10 counts of theft by servant.

Allegations are that on February 20, 2020, Bwalya, being employed by Chirundu Pharmacy Limited as executive director, stole K7, 974 cash, the property of his employer.

In the second count, it is alleged that on May 4, the same year, the accused stole K15, 454.
It is alleged in the third count that on May 8, 2020, Bwalya again stole K20, 541 cash.
In the fourth count, it is alleged that on May 19 the same year, Bwalya stole K6, 240 belonging to his employer.

In count five, it is alleged that on July 17 this year, the accused stole K 51,943 from his employer.

It is alleged in the sixth count that six days later, the accuse stole stole K 8, 800 cash from his employer.

In count seven, it is alleged that five days later he again stole US$105. 20.

Further allegations in the eighth count are that on September 16, 2020, the accused stole K 4, 585 cash.

In the ninth count, it is alleged that on September 28, 2020, Bwalya stole K 538. 30.
In the last count, he is accused of stealing US$562.40 cash on October 14.

When the case came up yesterday before Lusaka magistrate Idah Phiri, the accused pleaded not guilty and trial will start on January 11.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022

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Jordan Simwizye, 24, a 4th year medical student at CBU, commits suicide over his alleged inability to pay his debt

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A 24-year-old fourth year medical student from Copperbelt University (CBU) on the Copperbelt has committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree.

Jordan Simwizye whose body was found almost in a decomposed state is suspected to have taken his life due owing a lot of people money.

Copperbelt commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba who confirmed the incident said that the matter is believed to have occurred on Saturday when the deceased went missing according to his aunt.

“Brief Facts of the matter are that the reporter, being a security guard who found the body was in a company of his friends and as they were doing some patrols around Copperbelt University premises here in Ndola and it so happened that they came across a dead body of a male person hanging on the tree. The matter was later reported to Police who in turn visited the scene and confirmed the incident the deceased hanged himself using a rope,” he said.

He said after inspecting the body which was a bit decomposed, a phone was found on the deceased and the same was used to communicate with the relatives to the deceased and the deceased was later identified by his aunt Adess Mwewa of Lubuto township in Ndola.

“According to the identifier (Aunt to the deceased) the deceased went missing on Saturday around 15:00hours. Reasons for committing suicide is not known as no document/note was found on the deceased body which contained any reasons for his action however, the aunt to the deceased strongly suspects that her nephew (deceased) decided to take his life because of credits he had of different people,” he said.

Mr Mweemba added that the body of the deceased has since been deposited at Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting possible postmortem and burial.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022

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Zambia records an increase in GBV cases, police say

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MORE than 8,000 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) have been recorded this year as compared to the about 4,000 cases reported in the third quarter of the year last year, Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba has bemoaned.

He said last year reports of criminal stood at around 6,303 cases, while the non-criminal stood at around 2,487 cases as compared to last year where 4,042 criminal cases of GBV were reported while 900 were non-criminal.

He has since called on police officers who he described as the first respondents in such matters to ensure that such complaints by both female and male victims are taken seriously.

Mr Kajoba was speaking during the launch of the 13th Basadi Operation which was done simultaneously with other SARPCCO member States.

“It is sad that the country continues to record the rising cases of GBV reports in the country as evidenced by the 2022 Third Quarter report in which 8,790 reports comprising 6,303 criminal and 2,487 non-criminal reports were recorded countrywide as compared to 4,042 criminal and 900 non-criminal reports recorded during the Third Quarter of 2021,” he said.

He said the need to collect gender disaggregated data that is accurate , timely and is crucial to ensuring gender sensitive responses for victims of GBV.

Mr Kajoba called on Police officers who he described as first responders to ensure that GBV complaints made by women and men are taken seriously and that all victims receive appropriate support at the Front Desk as they navigate the often complex justice system.

“It is important that there should be clear unbiased communication between the victim and Police officers.Reporting GBV cases can be extremely upsetting for victims. It takes a lot of courage to make the initial decision to report a GBV complaint,” he said.

Mr Kajoba further called on Police officers and all stakeholders to enhance anti GBV sensitization programmes through all available avenues.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

06 Dec 2022, 10:30 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

333,746 Total Cases
4,019 Deaths
329,690 Recovered

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