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Over 200 children killed in road traffic accidents last year, police say 

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A TOTAL of 201 children below the age of 16 were killed in road accidents in Zambia last year while over 500 were seriously injured, with the Zambia Police urging motorists to adhere to speed limits, especially in residential areas and schools.

Majority of the road accident children casualties last year were pedestrians and motor vehicle passengers.

This is according to the annual road traffic accidents statistics report for the year 2023 for the period from 1st January, 2023 to 31st December, 2023.

The report shows that out of 18,250 road accident casualties in 2023, 1,595 were children under the age of sixteen in which 916 were males and 679 were females.

“201 were killed, 587 were seriously injured and 807 were slightly injured. Most of the casualties were also pedestrians and motor vehicles passengers. The figures show an increase by 154 casualties to children under the age of sixteen as compared to the year 2022,” the report reads in part.

In the report issued by police public relations officer Rae Hamoonga, excessive speed remains a persistent issue on our roads.

“Speed limits are established to ensure the safety of all road users, and exceeding them significantly increases the likelihood of accidents and the severity of injuries.

“We implore motorists to adhere to posted speed limits, especially in residential areas and school zones, where the potential impact on vulnerable road users is more significant,” Mr Hamoonga said.

To enhance road safety and reduce the incidence of accidents in our country, we ask for your cooperation.

“Stay vigilant, obey traffic laws, and be considerate of fellow motorists and other road users. Your commitment to safe driving practices plays a vital role in ensuring the well-being of everyone on the road,” Mr Hamoonga said.

Meanwhile, the report shows that road accidents have generally increased by over 3000 compared to the ones recorded in 2022.

Between January 1 and December 31, last year, 36,755 road traffic accidents were recorded, mostly attributed to human error, were recorded in Zambia.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 20th January, 2024)

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State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses

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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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Police launch manhunt for mother who abandoned new-born

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POLICE in Choma, Southern Province are searching for a mother of a new-born baby discovered abandoned in a bush.

Yesterday, a new-born baby was found with maggots clinging to its umbilical cord in the bush.

Police have since taken the baby to the hospital for treatment, while investigations have been launched to locate the mother.

Southern Province commanding officer Auxensio Daka said the report was received on yesterday around 12:10 hours.

He said the incident was reported by Moses Kamunza who received the information from Judith Sam that an unknown mother dumped a baby in the bush.

Mr Daka said Ms Sam is believed to have discovered the baby when she heard a cry while in the bush.

“Police acted on the matter and visited the scene of crime where the woman found the baby under a tree. Brief facts of the matter are that the woman who found the child went to cut grass meant to make brooms. Whilst in the bush she heard a baby crying and went closer only to discover that a baby was naked and found with maggots on the umbilical cord,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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Chingola taxi driver left in shock after finding his motor vehicle stolen

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A 28-YEAR-OLD taxi driver of Chingola district on the Copperbelt has been left distraught and in shock after a motor vehicle valued at K55, 000 was stolen.

The vehicle in question also had money amounting to K6, 000 which was meant to be cashed to his employer.

Francis Mumba is believed to have parked his vehicle, secured it and left the windows slightly open as he walked into the market to buy some vegetables around 10:00 hours.

However, when he returned, he found the vehicle was stolen.

Copperbelt Province commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said the incident occurred on Saturday, February 17th at New Kapisha market.

He said the incident was reported by Mr Mumba himself that a vehicle, Toyota Corolla registration number AFB 1602 which he operates as a taxi was stolen by unknown people.

“Brief facts are that the reporter went to buy vegetables and parked the vehicle at the market and left the drivers and passengers windows slightly open, leaving cash money K6,000 cashing for one month in the glove compartment and he carried the car keys. When he returned he found that the vehicle had been stolen,” he said.

He added that the vehicle is the property of Stable Kasonde aged 38, also of Chingola district.

Mr Mweemba said police have since instituted investigations into the matter.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024)

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