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Mother of two jailed seven years for aborting eight month pregnancy



A mother of two has been jailed seven years imprisonment for illegally aborting an eight month pregnancy after the man who impregnated her refused responsibility.

Violet Zulu, 24, of Ngombe Township, Lusaka, was accused of procuring an illegal abortion.

When Violet appeared in court, she told Lusaka Magistrate Mutinta Mwenya that she indeed aborted the pregnancy using aloevera mixed with muleza, a local herb.

The woman explained in Nyanja that she could not keep the pregnancy because the man responsible rejected it and that her mother also chased her from the house after learning about her conception.

Facts are that on the material day, Violet visited her friend Beauty Lungu, who also stays within Ng’ombe Township.

Ms Lungu was surprised to see Violet without a pregnancy because she had initially seen her pregnant.

When she asked Violet about the pregnancy, the accused told her that she had a miscarriage but when further asked how she disposed of the dead baby, the accused never disclosed.

In the process, Ms Lungu received a phone call from her colleague within Ngombe who  alerted her that someone had dumped a newborn within the area.

Ms Lungu decided to report Violet to police in connection with the dumped baby and investigations led to her arrest.

Violet later told police that she dumped the baby after terminating her pregnancy by drinking a concoction.

She told them that after drinking the concoction, she reported for work in Meanwood where she developed stomach pains and aborted.

The accused said when knocking off from work, she wrapped the foetus in a plastic and later threw it in Ng’ombe stream before alert members of the public found it.

After facts were readout, magistrate Mwenya pronounced Violet guilty.

In her mitigation, Violet, while crying, pleaded with the court to be lenient because she was sorry for her actions and will never repeat even when a man rejects her.

“Sinenzo ziba vamene nenzo chita.(I didn’t know what I was doing),” she added.

Violent said her actions were  prompted by the fact that she was chased from home and that the man responsible for the pregnancy rejected it when she already has two children aged five and one year.

“My mother chased me from the house when I told her i was pregnant,” she said as the magistrate wondered why she never used contraceptives.

“I was taking family planning pills, I don’t know what happened,” the woman explained.

But Magistrate Mwenya, who quoted  section 151 of the Penal Code, said she needs to punish her for the serious offense.

“The courts in Lusaka won’t condone such, a life was lost. I sentence you to seven years imprisonment,” the magistrate ordered.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 13th January, 2024)



Zindaba Soko boss detained for disobeying court 



FORMER Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko has been detained for contempt of court after he travelled to Dubai for a job interview and missed a court session.

He missed a court session in a matter he and two others are accused of forging a passport and National Registration Card (NRC) bearing a dead person’s name.

About two weeks ago, Soko asked for permission to travel abroad but was advertised to attend court before leaving but the instruction was not obeyed.

Consequently, Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga issued a bench warrant against Soko .

When the case resumed yesterday, Soko was brought to court under warrant and when asked why he missed court, he told the court that his lawyers misled him.

Soko told court that his lawyers told him that they would file a notice in court indicating his absentia when he travelled abroad.

This is in a case Soko, 45, a transport consultant of Old Lilayi Road, is jointly charged with Ibrahim Mbongo, 24, a student of Libala South, Kelvin Kisambara, a businessman, both of Tokyo Way.

They are charged with forgery, uttering false documents, being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Allegations are that between January 1 and 17 this year, with intent to defraud, the accused allegedly forged NRC255428/10/1 in the names John Tembo, who was reportedly dead, according the police.

The trio is further purported to show that the NRC was genuinely issued by the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, when infact not.

It is further alleged that Kisambara later fraudulently uttered the purportedly forged NRC to a banker at FNB bank in Chilenje.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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DJ in court after inserting manhood in four girls’ mouths



A 25-YEAR-OLD DISC Jockey (DJ) of Kanyama Township, Lusaka, has pleaded not guilty to the offence of unnatural offences after he allegedly sexually abused four girls by inserting his manhood in the mouth of four girls whom he invited to his house.

The victims are all under the age of 16.

The suspect, Kelvin Mutale, 25, has been charged with four counts of unnatural offences, an offence contrary to section 155(a) of the Penal Code.

It is alleged that on December 24, 2023, Mutale had carnal knowledge of four girls against the order of nature.

When he appeared in court yesterday, Mutale pleaded not guilty to all the four counts before Lusaka magistrate Crispin Hampungani for plea.

The accused then applied for bail pending trial, to which the State did not object.

Magistrate Hampungani granted Mutale bail in the sum of K20,000 and the money has to be paid in cash for the accused to be released on bond.

The court also asked the accused to bring two sureties.

The case has been adjourned to March 19 for trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses



THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to have the 10 Higer buses worth K26million belonging to imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga forfeited to the State.

Further, the DPP wants forfeiture of K1.5million which is in the account for Chibeka Express Limited, the company which was operating the 10 Higer buses deemed to be proceeds of crime.

In a notice of motion filed by the DPP before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, the DPP says the properties should be seized because they are tainted.

The lawsuit comes after the Magistrate’s Court jailed Ms Katanga, Monday, after being found guilty of possession of the 10 buses deemed to be proceeds of crime, is the interested party.

In the DPPs documents, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC),
chief investigations officer Ewdin Mwanza submits that Ms Katanga Monday, February, 19, Ms Katanga was tried and convicted of the offence of possession of suspected proceeds of crime.

Mr Mwanza submits that court record will show that the former senior police officer’s conviction is based on her being found in possession of 10 higer buses whose registration numbers are; BAF 5118 ZM, BAF 5119 ZM, BAG 8558 ZM, BAG 8559 ZM, BAG 8733 ZM, BAJ 2476 ZM, BAJ 2590 ZM, BAJ 2919 ZM, BAV 2931, BAL 9126 ZM, all worth K26,282,770.

Mr Mwanza submits that the record will show that I also seized K1,55,005.15 in Chibeka Express Limited account number 9130000699156 Stanbic bank Ndola main branch which received these funds from the operations of the 10 higer buses found by this honourable court to be proceeds of crime.

He adds that the matter is a proper one in which the court can order that the buses and money in the account be forfeited to the State for being proceeds of crime.

The State prays that this court orders that the properties be forfeited to the State and paid into the government’s consolidated fund held at Central Bank.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024

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