A CATHOLIC priest has died after he was brutally attacked near his girlfriend’ home in Ndola’s Pamodzi Township.
On Saturday, residents of the area made a gruesome discovery of Father Deodatus Mbebe, who was at the time unidentified, near his girlfriend’s home, Justina Luchele, a nurse at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital.
Some members of the public who declined to disclose their particulars to the police found Father Mbebe lying dead with multiple face injuries and a concrete brick beside his body.
They told police officers that on the material day around 21:30 hours they found the body lying on the ground facing upward with multiple head injuries and could not identify him, and further disclosed that they did not hear anything apart from hearing the dogs barking within the neighborhood and reported the matter at Pamodzi VLC Police Post.
Father Mbebe’s body was later picked and deposited in Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting identification and postmortem.
And Copperbelt province commanding officer Sharon Zulu said police have picked up Ms Luchele for interrogation to help with investigations.
“Brief facts leading to the identification of the deceased is that on Sunday, 07: 00 hours Muleba Simon, Fibobe ward councilor who happens to be a childhood friend to Father Mbebe received a phone call from Ms Justina Luchele, the girlfriend to the deceased inquiring the whereabouts of the boyfriend.
Upon receipt of the call, Mr Muleba became concerned for he knew that the deceased was at her residence,” she said.
However, the lady explained that the deceased left her place around 16:00hrs while driving her vehicle Toyota Corolla VVTI registration number ACV 8334 silver in colour going to Ndola Bowling Club and never returned back,” she said.
Mrs Zulu said police also found two phones belonging to the priest in Ms Luchele’s home.
She said further investigations also revealed that the lady is a nurse at Arthur Davison Children’s Hospital.
She said the two have been in a relationship since 2002.
“During the search in her house, Police officers found the deceased’s clothes, including the Catholic Robe, shoes, two wrist watches, his portrait photo on the wall, and some documents. This clearly shows that it was more like marriage. But surprisingly, some of her clothes were found parked in a bag, reasons known to herself. Our suspicion is that she wanted to run away after the murder,” she said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 19th September, 2022)
Abducted mobile money booth operator Pamela Chisumpa rescued with 12 other victims
AFTER almost six months of her being abducted,a mobile money booth operator Pamela Chisumpa has been found by police in Lusaka’s Chalala area.
The victim was found with 12 other victims who were also kept captive in what seemed to be a partially finished house in Chalala area.
The house which the girls had been kept captive seemed to have a shine like structure and also in the same house was a coffin in unexplainable circumstances.
However, Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba who along with Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga and a team of police officers both in uniform and in plain clothes in a rescue operation earlier today said that after a long protracted investigation, the girls have been rescued .
“With a sense of relief I would like to inform the nation through you the press that today the October 3rd, 2022 we have managed to safely rescue Pamela Chisumpa together with twelve other ladies that were held captive in a house in Chalala area of Lusaka,” he said.
Mr Kajoba said those rescued are a female Juvenile aged 17, Grace Siabeula aged 22, Felistus Hachintu aged 18 ,Ruth Banda aged 21, Nalukui Macwani aged 21 ,Agness Kapwaya aged 21 ,Docus Chungwe aged 24, Priscila Mapulanga aged 23 ,Honester Lungu aged 25, Rosemary Chibwe 25 ,Faith Muluti aged 28 and Paxina Chanda aged 22.
“This was after a long protracted investigation that we have continuously pursued since April this year when she was abducted along Cairo road in Lusaka. All the victims have been taken to a medical facility for quick Medical attention. We have apprehended one suspect who is in our custody to help us with Investigations,” he said.
He has further called for calm amongst the general public as we wait for the victims to recuperate and further investigations.
“A comprehensive statement will be issued in due course,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)
Police make a lead in finding Pamela and several others.
POLICE in Lusaka have made a lead into the whereabouts of the abducted mobile money agent Pamela Chisumpa who was abducted along Cairo road in Lusaka earlier in April this year.
Reports indicate that Ms Chisumpa together with several other girls have been found.
However, police who are being led by the Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba say that more time should be accorded before a statement is issued in the matter.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)
Two men poisoned by two unknown women at a lodge in Kitwe, police say
A Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) employee and his Chinese national friend were on Friday allegedly drugged and left unconscious at a lodge in Kitwe after they were spotted having drinks with two unknown Tanzanian women.
This is in a case in which Nobutula Lodge in Riverside, manager reported to police that one of the clients, a named ZRA employee and his friend a Chinese national were found sleeping in uncousious state in their respective rooms.
Copperbelt province Commanding officer Sharon Zulu said also found were some red vomits on their beddings and on the floor.
She said the two ladies allegedly stole a laptop property for ZRA, laptop bag, external hard drive, K2000 cash money and some clothes.
Mrs Zulu said a cellphone and a small bag containing unknown items for a Chinese national were also stolen.
“Facts of the matter are that, At the time the victim was checking-in , two ladies of Tanzanian national whose names not known also checked – in.
They together started drinking , eventually a male Chinese national a friend to the ZRA employee joined them. It’s from that moment when one victim woke up with a knock on his door by his workmates and found himself naked while his Chinese friend in the other room was found laying on the floor,” she said.
Mrs Zulu said the two Tanzanian ladies were at the time nowhere to be seen as they were reported to have checked out at 02: 00hrs.
She said the two victims were rushed to Kitwe Teaching hospital were they were put on observation.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 2nd October, 2022)