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New Dawn Administration never recommended for release of Precious Himululi alias Precious Namweemba Magande



MINISTER of Home Affairs and Internal Affairs Jack Mwiimbu has dismissed claims that the New Dawn Administration recommended for the release of Ms Precious Himululi alias Precious Namweemba Magande.

On Thursday social media was awash with a snippets of the ZedPodcast in which socialite and former convict Ms Magande claimed she stole about US$1.2 million from the house of a Patriotic Front government official in 2019.

Ms Mangande disclosed that she was convicted and sentenced to five years after she pleaded guilty to the charges.

She further claimed that she was taken to Lusaka Central Correctional Facility, however after some United Party members visited her, she was transferred to Maximum Correctional Facility as she was considered a security risk.

Ms Magande Magande also claimed she was released from jail by the new government after being pardoned by President Hakainde Hichilema.

However, at a press briefing, the Minister in charge has disputed the claims stating that the New Dawn Administration has nothing to do with Ms Magande’s release as she was recommended for Amnesty Release on 9th August 2021 before UPND formed government.

” The Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security wishes to inform the General Public and Citizenry that according to the records held by the Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS), KBF/31/21 Precious Himululi alias Precious Namweemba Magande was admitted to Lusaka Central Female Correctional Centre on 19th March,2020, aged 28 years for the offence of Theft, Contrary Section 272 of the Penal Code and was convicted and sentenced to three years Simple Imprisonment with effect from 11th February,2020 and later transferred to Kabwe Female Maximum Prisons and Correctional Centre for security reasons.

On 9th August,2021,after serving two-thirds of her sentence, KBF/31/21 Precious Himululi alias Precious Namweemba Magande was recommended for Amnesty by the Officer in Charge at Kabwe Female Prisons and Correctional Centre after meeting the requirements as any other inmate as provided for, by Article 97 of the Constitution,” he said.

Mr Mwiimbu said it is undisputable, that Ms Magande met all the requirements for recommendation for Amnesty, however it is mischievous to blatantly state that she was recommended for Amnesty by the New Dawn Government.

He said the New Dawn Government was voted on the premise of Rule of Law and Upholding of the Human Rights of its Citizens including those in incarceration.

Mr Mwiimbu appealed to the media houses to be mindful when covering stories related to security as they cause unnecessary alarm.

He assured the nation that all inmates in custody are safe under the Zambia Correctional Service, through the leadership of Commissioner General Fredrick Chilukutu.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 30th June, 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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