THE Non-Governmental Gender Organization’s Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has appealed to the security wings to ensure that they investigate the abduction of Pamela and the 12 other young women and bring to book all those involved.
NGOCC executive director Anne Anamela said the episode has exposed the security situation in the country, adding that Police and other security agencies have the responsibility to secure all Zambians.
“NGOCC is pleased to learn that Pamela Chisumpa and12 others that had been abducted have finally been rescued from the captors who have been holding them hostage. As a women’s movement we would like to commend and thank the alert neighbours who acted swiftly to help the young women escape from the captors,” Ms Anamela said.
She however said the women movement is concerned with the physiological and emotional stress that the young women are going through.
Ms Anamela said the victims must undergo medical examinations which should be a combination of medical, psychosocial support and nutritional care.
“We can only imagine the trauma that these young women suffered at the hands of their abductors as evidenced by reports of mistreatment and starvation they were subjected to. It is clear from the circumstances that the young women suffered various forms of abuse by those criminals that held them hostage. We therefore also demand that the young women undergo thorough medical examinations,” she said.
Ms Anamela said the young women will also require support towards legal representation to ensure that justice is meted on their abductors.
She said NGOCC will actively coordinate a holistic response towards care for the young women to assist their physical, psychological and social recovery from the traumatic experience.
“We call upon the nation to support the healing of the young women. At this point what these young women require is love and emotional support,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 4th October, 2022)
Pharmacist in K100,000 theft case
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
Jordan Simwizye, 24, a 4th year medical student at CBU, commits suicide over his alleged inability to pay his debt
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
Zambia records an increase in GBV cases, police say
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)