FOUR people from one family have been burnt to death by a 74-year-old man who later turned a gun on himself and died.
Jethro Makondo is believed to have set the dwelling of his victims on fire and the shot at some victims who tried to rescue the deceased person’s.
The suspect in trying to kill his victims tied the door of the house with a wire from outside and poured petrol in the two room house resulting into an inferno which killed the victims.
Later he opened fire on three of the rescuers who had rushed to the scene and then went home where he shot himself in the mouth and died instantly.
Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said that it is believed that one of the victims is the wife to the suspect and that she had left their matrimonial home and gone to her mother’s house because of the suspects behaviour.
He said police rushed to scene and discovered that four people from one family were burnt inside the house which was set on fire by Makondo.
“Those that were burnt to death have since been identified as Josephine Hanyakama aged 82, her daughter Lenifer Ngandu aged 57, a Juvenile Nene Ngandu aged 8 and Hope Nyumba aged 12 ,” he said.
Mr Mwale said a Juvenile aged 13 managed to escape from the fire inside the house ,but he sustained multiple burns on his body and is currently admitted in hospital.
“It was also discovered that the said suspect Jethro Makondo shot at three persons who had rushed to the burning house to rescue the fire victims. And those shot at have since been identified as Dorothy Ngandu aged 58 who sustained bullet wounds on her right shoulder and chest area, Ngandu Highes aged 44 who sustained gunshots wounds around the chest a Juvenile aged 13 all of Majata village who sustained gunshot wounds on the chest and abdomen area,” he said.
“Of the three gunshot victims female Dorothy Ngandu was pronounced dead upon arrival at Monze Mission Hospital , while the other two are battling for their lives at the same Hospital.
Later the suspect went back to his house within the same community and shot himself through the mouth using his gun and died on the spot,”
“Police preliminary investigations indicate that Jethro Makondo was a husband to the deceased Lenipher Ngandu.Then on the November 3, 2022 Lenifer Ngandu ran away from their matrimonial home and went to her mother’s place ( Josephine Hanyakama) and never wanted to go back to the husband because of his behaviour. The husband on the November 22, 2022 around 01:00 hours followed the wife at her mother’s place,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 22nd November, 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)