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Police arrest three who stole copper cathodes valued more than K5 million



POLICE in Ndola have apprehended three suspected criminals who faked a robbery on Friday and stole 30 tonnes of copper cathodes valued more than K5 million.

The stolen property belonged to SICO mining Kolwezi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The suspects are Cosmas Shangobeka 35, his younger brother, Justin Shangobeka 33 and a security escort Bright Kaoma 28.

It is alleged that the three suspects were attacked at gunpoint after stopping near Michael Chilufya toll plaza to check on a tyre that had a puncture.

Copperbelt Province Commanding Officer Peacewell Mweemba said the case of aggravated robbery was reported to the police by the suspects and investigations were instituted.

Mr Mweemba said police later received information from a concerned member of the public that there was a suspected case of theft of goods at a garage opposite trade fair grounds in Ndola.

He said police officers rushed to the scene and found the driver identified as Mwiza Simwizye 35 who had taken the contraband to the garage after taking over from an unknown driver.

Mr Mweemba said Mr Simwizye was already apprehended by members of the public by the time the police arrived.

“We received information from a concerned member of the public to the effect that at a garage opposite trade fair ground Ndola there was a suspected case of theft of goods in transit (copper cathodes) which was taking place. Acting on the said information, officers from anti robbery squad rushed to the said place and found the copper cathode kept in an incomplete building within the garage in readiness for it to be ladden on a Volvo tipper truck,”said Mr Mweemba.

He said according to the suspect, he explained that he was engaged to drive under the instruction of a Mr John, whose other details are unknown

Mr Mweemba said the police also apprehended Mr Simwizye, Kelvin Kabonga 34, Patrick Mwale 29, Peter Silungwe 28.

He said the police have launched a manhunt for the prime suspect only known as John who is believed to have hired them.

“Further we impounded a Dongfeng tipper truck bearing registration number BLA 9285zm operating under a company name called Copart trading and construction located at plot Number 1078 in Kitwe and was being driven by Kelvin Kabonga aged 34 years.”

He said Kabonga also told the police that he was hired  by a person whom he knows as John to ferry the copper cathode to a place he was going to be directed to within Ndola.

Earlier the first three criminals reported that they had been robbed of the Copper Cathodes at gunpoint and that they were later whisked back to Kitwe and left there.

“The criminals reported that the vehicle ,a Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Trailer horse registration ABF 317, red in colour, trailer registration number ACC 5483, blue in colour and loaded with 32.953 tonnes of the cathodes valued at ISD$270,962.84 (K5,298,759.60 had been stolen,” he said.

He explained that the suspects alleged that they were ordered to come out of the truck and whisked into a Toyota Allion, white in colour with an unknown registration while being accused of being criminals and their cellphones were grabbed.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 25th June, 2023)


The biggest-ever win on Aviator for the whole of Africa




Lucky player at betPawa Ghana touches down with the game’s biggest win to date after riding out phone glitch

Aviator, the world’s number one crash game from award-winning developer, SPRIBE, has landed another big winner at popular betting brand betPawa Ghana won a massive $500,000 (ZK11.8 Million) – the biggest Aviator win in Africa.

This is how the action unfolded…

Fuseini, from Kumasi, Ghana, opened betPawa on his smartphone and headed straight to the game lobby to take flight with Aviator. Having set his bets at GH¢20, he launched the plane and watched as it climbed higher and higher, with the bet multiplier also getting bigger and bigger.

With Aviator, the aim of the game is to hold your nerve for as long as possible – the longer you hold out, the bigger the win multiplier gets. Of course, if the player waits too long, the plane flies away taking their accrued winnings and original stake with it.

In a twist of good fortune, his smartphone was not functional, and he couldn’t cash out for a few moments. Those few extra seconds of being airborne took the multiplier sky high, taking his total win to a life-changing ZK 11.8 Million (more than $500,000).

Not only did he hit the Highest Cash Multiplier of the Week, but his win is the largest ever recorded in Ghana since SPRIBE introduced Aviator to the market back in 2018.

To mark the occasion, betPawa treated Fuseini to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, flying the avid football fan and his family and friends to a football match in a private jet. The betting brand, which is active in eleven African countries, then held a press event where Fuseini spoke emotionally about the win and was presented with a cheque for $500,000.

Giorgi Tsutskiridze, CCO at SPRIBE, said: “Aviator is a thrilling game loved by more than 10 million players a month across the world. Not only does it provide engaging, fast-paced action on mobile and desktop, but as seen by Fuseini, it gives a superb opportunity to players to build their wealth and fortune just by playing the best crash game in the world.”

“Aviator is multi-player and social, and Fuseini can now enjoy his time at the top of the Aviator Battle Royale Leaderboard where other players can put their mettle to the test to see if they can land an even bigger multiplayer.

“It’s also great to see betPawa give Fuseini the royal treatment following his big win. This is a great branding opportunity for the operator and also helps to make even more players aware of the Aviator and why it’s the number one crash game on the planet.”

Fuseini said: “I cannot believe what is happening to me because I never imagined ever being on an aeroplane. Today, I have been flown on a very luxurious plane fit for a millionaire.”

Ntoudi Mouyelo, CCO at betPawa, added: “We are so happy for Fuseini and his incredible win on Aviator. What better way to celebrate than putting Fuseini in a real plane and flying him to watch his favourite sport, football. With his winnings in hand, he can now travel in style wherever he goes.

“Aviator really is one of the most popular games in our lobby, and we look forward to sharing more big win stories as they land.”


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Pastor guilty of defilement 



THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has found a Presbytery Church pastor guilty of defiling his granddaughter aged 11.

Magistrate Mutinta Mwenya convicted Allan Muchulu yesterday and committed him to the High Court for sentencing.

In this matter Allan Muchulu, of Lusaka’s Meanwood, is charged with defilement of a child.

The defilement of the child took place  in March last year, in Meanwood.

And during trial, the girl narrated before a magistrate that the cleric had sex with her several times and would go to her bedroom in the night when she is not menstruating.

The accused pleaded not guilty and the State called several witnesses to testify against him for allegedly defiling the granddaughter of his brother-in-law.

During trial, the court heard that the victim, who is a double orphan, was being kept by Muchulu and his wife, who is the victim’s grandmother.

The court also heard that owing to alleged politics in Mrs Muchulu’s family, the pastor was allegedly implicated in the crime.

Lusaka resident magistrate Mutinta Mwenya later found Muchulu with a case to answer and placed him on defence.

In defence, Muchulu denied sexually abusing the minor, whom he described as a pathological liar.

The cleric also claimed that his wife’s relatives framed him.

“I stand here very surprised and shocked that I could have committed such a thing. I believe I have been framed because it is very juicy to hear what is happening about a pastor. As far as I know, I did not do what they are alleging I have done,” Muchulu said.

But during cross-examination by public prosecutor Malama Chisenga, Muchulu described the victim as a pathological liar.

“Are you a doctor to confirm that she is a pathological liar?” Ms Chisenga asked, as the accused said “no”.

And in her judgment, magistrate Mwenya said  Muchulu’s defence and accusation of the victim of being a liar was an afterthought.

“I find it an afterthought for the defence to tarnish the image or character of the victim that she is a liar to merely evade the wheels of justice as this could have been raised in cross examination of the prosecution witness,” she said.

The court pronounced the clergyman guilty of the offence because allegations were proved against him.

Magistrate Mwenya further ruled out possibility of false implication and that she believed the testimony of the victim, who struggled to open up as during trial as she looked sad, distressed and disturbed.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 28th November, 2023)

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Zambia Correctional Service Officer arrested for alleged murder of a bricklayer who delayed to bring him food, police say



POLICE in Mumbwa have arrested and charged a Correctional Service Officer stationed at Kitumba Correctional Farm in Mumbwa for alleged murder of Richard Silwamba aged 42 a bricklayer at Sugarloaf Enterprise Kaindu in Mumbwa.

Clifford Chota Mubili 29 allegedly beat up the deceased after he delaying from buying his food.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the officer will appear in court soon.

“It is alleged that the deceased delayed to come back from buying foodstuffs after having been sent by the suspect, making him annoyed and later got a metal bar and hit the deceased on the face,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the body of the deceased was inspected and a deep cut was seen on the upper right eyebrow.

The body has been deposited in Mumbwa District Hospital Mortuary awaiting Postmortem while the suspect is detained in Police custody and will appear in Court soon,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 27th November, 2023)

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