POLICE in Kitwe have arrested a 77- year-old man for allegedly defiling a nine year old girl after luring her with a K1 coin.
And police in Muchinga police are investigating a report of defilement involving a one year, five months baby reported to have been defiled by unknown person.
The first incident is reported to have occurred on February 02, this year around 19:00 hours in Luangwa Malembeka Township in Kitwe.
Police spokesperson Esther Katongo told Mwebantu in a statement that the report was received from a 41-year-old woman who reported that her niece was defiled by an elderly man she identified as Geshom Mulubwa of Luangwa Malembeka township.
Mrs Katongo said it is alleged that on the material day around 19:00hours, the victim in the company of her friend went to visit the suspect popularly known as ‘bashikulu’ at his home and while there the suspect lured the victims for sexual favour in exchange for K1.00 coin each.
“The friend to the victim went to ease herself living the victim in the house with the suspect and it was at that point the victim was defiled from the suspect’s bedroom and was given a K1 coin .The victim did not report to her aunt however the friend of the victim reported to her mother what had happened to her friend and the suspect was apprehended from his home by relatives of the victim and handed him to police,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said a medical report form has been issued to the victim for medical examination while the suspect is in police custody.
And police in Mpika District of Muchinga Province, police are investigating a report of defilement involving a one year, five months baby reported to have been defiled by unknown person.
“This is reported to have occurred on February 02, around 17:00 hours at Chitulika Village in Chief Chikwanda. The report was received from the mother of the victim aged 33 that her baby was defiled by an unknown person and sustained injuries on her private parts,” Mrs Katongo said.
She said the incident happened when the victim’s mother went to take a bath leaving the child with her older sister aged 11.
Mrs Katongo narrated that while the sister was in the house, the child now victim went outside without the knowledge of her sister and when the mother returned and inquired on the whereabouts of the child, she showed ignorance.
She said it was at that point they started looking for her outside and after a while, they saw the baby heading home crying.
Mrs Katongo said when the mother picked the baby, she spotted blood on her private part.
“She rushed her to the clinic where she was advised to report to the police. A medical report form for medical examination was issued,” Mr Katongo said.
She said investigations have been instituted.
Meanwhile, Police in Kitwe are looking for a man identified as Daniel Kanyembo aged 35 in connection with the murder of Collins Mwenda Chama aged 35 of Kafue Park in Kitwe.
She said the body of the deceased person was found with multiple injuries.
“Blocks, a shovel and damaged radio were found besides the body and are suspected to have been used in the act. It is alleged that the suspect who left home at about 06; 00 hours returned home around 21:00 hours in a drunken state and was threatening that he was going to kill someone on that day in presence of his wife Mirriam Chiyesu aged 26,” she said.
Mrs Katongo said Kanyembo later got a hoe from the house and attempted to hit his wife with it but she dodged.
“She then decided to seek refuge at the neighbour’s home and at around 22:30 hours, the wife decided to check on him and she found someone laying on the ground in a pool of blood near her house. Upon checking, she discovered that it was their neighbour Collins Mwenda Chama and was in unconscious state,” Mrs Katongo said.
She said the wife immediately informed the neighbours and by that time the accused had already escaped.
Mrs Katongo said the circumstances under which the victim was murdered has not yet been established.
Mine accident claims lives as victims feared drowned in buried tunnels
FOLLOWING a mine accident in Chingola district on the Copperbelt, reports suggest the victims that were buried alive are feared to have drowned.
The victims are suspected to have drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains and landslides buried the tunnels.
Police received a report of drowning from Abedenigo Keshinako who has since identified seven of his colleagues that were victims of mine accident at Kasenseli of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM)open pit.
A combined rescue team of police, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) staff and fire brigade have however, not yet retrieved any of the bodies.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on November 30th between 21:00 hours and 22:00 hours.
“Mr Keshinako reported that those that are suspected to have drowned are Christopher Chungu ,Silvester other names not known ,John other name not known ,a person only known as Bashi Prisca , Joe other names not known,Gold other names not known and another one only known as Bashi Emma,” he said.
He noted that those identified together with others drowned in the tunnels where they were digging copper ore after heavy rains.
“The Police, KCM rescue team and fire brigade visited the scene and it was discovered that there were two sites within the pit where the victims were buried. The bodies are not yet retrieved as efforts are being made to retrieve them,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil
A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.
David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.
The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.
When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.
It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.
It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.
The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.
However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.
Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.
Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)
LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court
THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.
In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.
He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.
Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.
He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.
“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.
Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.
“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)