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Mporokoso man awakens to lifeless body of wife and two daughters, police say



IN a tragic turn of events, a man of Mporokoso of Northern Province has woken up to the lifeless bodies of his wife and two daughters in unclear circumstances.

It is suspected however,that the deceased person’s may have consumed poison.

According to the Dalous Mwansa, he was not home when the incident occurred and just happened to awake next to the lifeless bodies of his family.

Prior to this, he explained that he tried to wake his wife up in the night, but she failed to get up as she complained of a stomach ache.

According to him, the three are believed to have consumed some okra (delele) and other vegetables locally known as “Kalembula” with caterpillars and nshima before going to bed.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga in an interview with Mwebantu said the incident occurred between November 4th and 5th at around 20:00 hours and 06:00 hours respectively.

He said that Mr Mwansa aged 27 reported that his wife Bridget Musonda and two of his daughters Angel aged three and Mildred aged six months had been discovered dead.

Mr Hamoonga said prior to their demise, the three were in good health.

He said Mr Mwansa joined his family who had gone to bed around 20:00 hours in the Camping tent where they having been sleeping after their thatched house was set ablaze by unknown people on August 8,2023 at around 23:00 hours at the same village.

“It is allegedly that before going to bed , Bridget Musonda had prepared Nshima with “Kalembula” “Delele,” and”Ifishimu” (Caterpillars) when her husband was away. When he went back home from where he went to look for dry fish, he decided to prepare the meal for himself since he found the wife together with his two biological daughters already gone to bed.”

“He further narrated that after preparing his meal with the same fish ,he decided to wake his wife up so that they could eat together ,but she responded that she had stomach pains and that was how she failed to wake up,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said ,later on, her husband joined the family in bed.

He said however, on November 5th, 2023, at around 06:00 hours, when he woke up, he found his family dead on the same bed.

“After discovering the sad development, he reported the matter to the Police and officers rushed to visit the scene where they found the three dead bodies laying down on bed whilst facing upwards ,inside a green camping tent.

Physical Inspection was conducted and found the body of Bridget Musonda with abdominal distention and no visible injuries were observed whilst on the other two bodies, faecal matter was observed,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga added that police are yet to conduct a postmortem examination on the bodies to determine the actual cause of death.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 6th November, 2023)


‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka



LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.

Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.

In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.

Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.

“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”

Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.

“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)

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Lusaka farm workers run after stealing 150 pigs from employer, police say



THREE farm workers are on the run after they allegedly stole 150 pigs valued at K1.5 million.

The three are Peter Mumba aged 40, Isaac Banda aged 36 and Boniface Banda aged 20.

A manhunt has been launched to bring the suspects to book.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident allegedly took place on Friday December 8th between 19:00 to 20:00 hours.

He said the report of theft by servant was received from Veronica Phiri, the owner of the farm in the industrial area.

“Brief facts of the matter are that the reporter (farm owner) employed the trio at her farm two years ago. On December 7,2023,She visited her farm and everything was intact. However, on December 9,2023 around 10:00 hours,She received a phone call from her neighbour that there was no one at her farm including all workers and their wives.She later drove to her farm and found no body and all her livestock had been stolen,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said she then immediately reported the matter to Westwood Police Station.

He added that Police Officers visited the scene of crime and found no workers at the farm and all the pigs had been stolen.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)

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Suspected criminal shot dead in Lusaka



POLICE have gunned down a suspected criminal believed to be behind a spate of robberies.

The suspect only known as Jack TC is believed to have committed a spate of crimes with his colleagues who are on the run.

Jack TC was renting an apartment in Kalundu area of Lusaka and allegedly hired a vehicle three months prior, which he used to commit the said crimes.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the unfolding of the crimes started on November 29,2023, during routine patrols when officers spotted a Silver Toyota Ractis bearing Registration CAC 825 ZM which was suspiciously parked along a small gravel road.

He said when challenged, the occupants started the motor vehicle and spade off almost hitting one of the officers.

“This prompted officers to fire warning shots and consequently three suspected criminals escaped and abandoned the vehicle. A set of number plates bearing Registration number BAE 6146 ZM, were recovered. The vehicle was later discovered to have been hired out to Clement Katunga of Katungu farms in Makeni through our investigations,” he said.

He said later on December 7, 2023 around 09:00 hours, officers went to Lusaka west in Kalundu area where they found that the suspect was renting an apartment.

Mr Hamoonga said when officers approached the apartment, two suspected criminals came out and jumped over a wall fence with a lazer wire.

He explained that several warning shots were fired towards the two escaping criminals who nevertheless disappeared into a thicket in the neighboring farm.

“Unfortunately, when officers conducted a search around the thicket, one suspected criminal only known as Jack TC was found lying on the ground after he sustained bullet wounds and lazer wire respectively. He was rushed to University Teaching Hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the apartment officers recovered the following Unregistered Mark X grey in colour ,13 ladies hand bags, a set of four black mag rims wheels, with tyres, two sets of Number plates BAX 3769 and SHIKY 1, a double sticker seal tape, two pairs of ladies shoes, ÀB BANK Cash withdraw slip by IFO SABRIE KALID, a Gun case, FNB ATM bearing card number 1646, a Money tag Slip from Atlas Mara Zambezi mall and two NRCs bearing the names of Samuel Zulu and Mooba Habombe

Mr Hamoonga said also found was a driving licence for Clement Katunga ,Sherbourne lodge identity card for manager ,12 – 2023 Inclusive Sports Festival T-shirts, eight laptop bags, six Travelling bags, four suitcases and two kit bags.

“The Owner of the Ractis vehicle has identified the now deceased as the person who had in fact hired his vehicle for at least three months.

Investigations have since been instituted and a manhunt for the suspect who escaped is on,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)

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