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Police gun down five suspected criminals during exchange of fire in Kasumbalesa

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FIVE criminals have been gunned down by police on the Copperbelt during a fire exchange which happened in the outskirts of Kasumbalesa boarder area while they were staging a robbery.

The five are ex-convicts who have been on the police most wanted list for the offences of theft and Aggravated Robberies.

The five who are Kitwe residents have been identified as Vincent Mwila, John Mwansa, Kizito Bwalya, Gift Tembo and Gift Mubili

Copperbelt police chief Peacewell Mweemba who confirmed the incident said the sixth criminal who was armed with an AK-47 rifle is on the run.

He said that the incident occured yesterday at 16:00 hours in the outskirts of Kasumbalesa boarder area.

“Brief facts are that the Anti Robbery Squard received a tip off from the members of the public to the effect that there was a group of armed criminals who were driving an unregistered Toyota Surf who wanted to stage a Robbery by wanting to steal a Toyota Fortuner Reg number ADE 1001. The officers made a follow up and upon reaching in the out skirts of Chililabombwe area the criminals spotted the officers and identified them,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said in the process there was an exchange of fire between the police and the suspected five criminals were gunned down while the sixth one who is believed to have been armed with an AK 47 riffle managed to run away in the bush.

“A black pistol was later recovered from the five men who were gunned down and the unregisterd Toyota Surf has since been recovered and parked at the police station. The five men were later identified by police officers who arrested them previously for various offences,” he said

He added that the five are ex-convicts who have been on the wanted list for the offences of Theft of motor vehicles and Aggraveted Robberies on the copperbelt province.

“The bodies have since been deposited at kakoso hospital Mortuary,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022)

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42 year-old taxi driver identified as Peter Malama from Mtendere has died after a vicious attack by unknown criminals

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POLICE in Lusaka have launched a manhunt for a group of armed criminals who caused the death of a 42-year-old taxi driver.

The Taxi Driver, Peter Malama is believed to been hired by a family which was going for a meeting from Kalingalinga township to Kalikiliki township.

Unfortunately, on their way, a young boy appeared in front of the vehicle being driven, which prompted Mr Malama to stop.

As he stopped the car, a group of masked criminals armed with matchetes and pelting stones attacked the victims, who among them was Mr Malama.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on January 31st, at around 23:40 hours in Kalikiliki township.

He said the report was logged by Charles Mwila, one of the passengers.

“According to the preliminary investigations, on the mentioned date and time, Mr Mwila and his family members hired a grey Toyota Allion with Registration Number BAA 6242 from Kalingalinga. The purpose of the trip was a family meeting in Kalikiliki township. As they approached Kalikiliki Market, their vehicle was obstructed by a young boy, and suddenly, a group of criminals, masked in black face masks, emerged,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga explained that some of the criminals brandished machetes while others pelted the vehicle with stones.

He said the criminals overpowered the passengers, assaulting them with offensive weapons and proceeded to rob them of their phones and other valuables.

“The total value of the stolen items is yet to be determined. The victims, including the driver identified as Mr Peter Malama aged 42, from Mtendere East were swiftly transported to Levy Mwanawasa Hospital. Regrettably, Mr Malama succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead upon admission,” he said.

He added that police have since launched investigations into the matter, while no arrests have been made yet.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 2nd February, 2024)

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Daka Shines with Goal, Assist and Witty Caption

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PATSON Daka had a decent performance against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, scoring a goal, winning a penalty, and providing an assist in Leicester City’s 4-0 victory. But it was his post-match caption that stole the show, leaving fans chuckling.

Daka has endured a difficult time at Leicester since the arrival of coach Enzo Maresca, often finding himself on the bench and some times out of the match day squad despite impressive displays for Chipolopolo.

His limited playing time under Maresca has fueled speculation from some fans and pundits.

However, on Saturday, Daka was given a rare start and seized the opportunity with both hands. He won a penalty that was confidently converted by Stephy Mavididi before scoring Leicester’s second of the day, finishing off a pass from Issahaku Fatawu.

After the match, Daka took to social media to share his joy with pictures of himself celebrating his goal. The caption, however, is what caught everyone’s attention. Written in Thai, it read “ทําไมคุณถึงมองหาคําบรรยายภาพ?” which translates to “Why are you looking for captions?”.

The witty caption could be interpreted as a direct message to his critics and nosey followers.

With this display, Daka has put his critics on notice and sent a clear message to Maresca. He is ready to contribute to the team when given a chance.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December. 2023)

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Edith Nawakwi in court for abduction and threatening to kill Hatembos

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FORUM For Democracy and Development (FDD) Edith Nawakwi has been taken to court to explain why she allegedly abducted and threatened to kill two farmers, Pheluna and Milton Hatembo.

Ms Nawakwi, 63, has been charged with four counts of a kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person and threating violence.

Allegations are that between August 31, 2021 and September 1, 2022, the accused, while acting with others unknown, with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Pheluna.

Ms Nawakwi did so when she allegedly told Pheluna that “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.

In the second count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the former Minister of Finance, while acting with others unknown and with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Milton.

She did so when she allegedly told Hatembo “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.

In the third count, allegations ate that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Pheluna from Choma to Lusaka.

She allegedly abducted the victim with intent to cause the woman to be secretly and wrongly confined against her wishes.

In the last count, allegations are that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Milton from Choma to Lusaka with intent to cause her to be secretly and wrongly confined against his wishes.

When the case came up yesterday, Lusaka chief resident magistrate Davies Chibwili allocated the case to magistrate Amy Masoja.

Ms Nawakwi is yet to take plea in the case which was widely publicized prior to the August 12, 2021 general elections.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st November, 2023)

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