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Police mistakenly shot and wounded Lusaka pharmacist

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POLICE in Lusaka are investigating a case in which criminals attacked and robbed a marketing manager at Crown Miller K1 million.

This follows reports that a pharmacist was allegedly shot by police in a case of mistaken identity.

However police have clarified that they recorded a report of aggravated robbbery which occured yesterday around 14:30 hours along Mopani Road in Kamwala Madras area.

Police  spokespersoon Rae Hamoonga said Masood Mussa aged 37, a marketing manager at Crown Miller, reported that he was attacked and robbed of cash money amounting to one million kwacha by unknown criminals.

Mr Hamoonga said while using his motor vehicle a Toyota Rav 4 Registration number BAJ 9911 went to collect K1 million a property of Crown Miller from Hussein Wholesalers in Chaisa compound and proceeded to madras.

He said before Mr Mussa reached home, he was blocked by three armed criminals who were using a silver Toyota Mark X who commanded the complainant to open the boot of the motor vehicle where he had put the money in a plastic bag.

“When the victim tried to resist, the criminals fired a shot on the ground before they subsequently got the money and sped off.

Fortunately, one of the onlookers managed to capture the number plate of the said vehicle as BAT 9578,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said after the report was made, police quickly dispatched a patrol team to look out for the same vehicle which was last seen heading to Kamwala south.

“Whilst in Kamwala area about 16:00 hours the officers came across the said motor vehicle bearing Registration BAT 9578 silver in colour and the driver was challenged by officers. Unexpectedly, the driver sped off and despite several warning shots he didn’t hid to the warnings. In the process, one stray bullet that was aimed at the tyre hit the driver on the lower back and consequently hit into the wall fence as he failed to negotiate at a curve,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the suspect , Victor Chirwa Mulenga aged 27  of unknown house in Libala South and was with  Peggy Chirwa aged 27 years of the same address.

He said he suspect was rushed to UTH where he is currently being treated for a gunshot wound and police are guarding him.

Mr Hamoonga said police  are investigating the matter.

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Levy Mwanawasa  Medical University lecturer arrested for allegedly receiving K16,000 bribes from students

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THE  Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested a lecturer at Levy Mwanawasa Medical University for allegedly receiving over K16,000.00 in bribes from students to facilitate their passing in continuous assessments tests.

Kenneth Chisamanga 43, a Lecturer in Pharmacology and Pharmacist of Meanwood Kwamwena Valley in Lusaka has been charged with 13 counts ofCorrupt Practices.

ACC head of corporate communication Timothy Moono has disclosed that between 1st January 2022 and 25th November 2022 in Lusaka, while acting together with persons unknown Mr Chisamanga being a lecturer at the University allegedly solicited and received various amounts of cash totalling K7,500 from a named first year student in the Midwifery Diploma Class as an inducement or reward for him to facilitate the adjustment in continuous assessment test results and final examination results.

“Further, Kenneth Chisamanga being a lecturer at Levy Mwanawasa Medical University did corruptly solicit and received various amounts of cash totalling K9,100 from another named first year student in the Midwifery Diploma Class at Levy Mwanawasa Medical University as an inducement or reward for to facilitate for the adjustment in continuous assessment test results and final examination results. Matters or transactions that concern Levy Mwanawasa Medical University a public body,” Mr Moono said.

He said Mr Chisamanga has since been released on Bond and will appear in court soon.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)

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Suspect behind a spate of aggravated robberies and attacks on Yango drivers shot dead, police say

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POLICE in Lusaka have shot dead one suspect identified as Marlon Mutakasha aged 32 popularly known as ‘Fresher’.

The suspect who is believed to have been behind a spate of Aggravated Robberies involving motor vehicles and attacks on Yango drivers was spotted in Lusaka’s Chunga area.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said officers, acting on a tip off from a member of the public who managed to get the registration number of the vehicle the suspect was using and the direction he took, traced the vehicle and managed to challenge the occupants.

“It was discovered that the vehicle was a Yango Taxi which was booked by the suspect identified as Marlon Mutakasha.The suspect was found with an ABSA Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card for a Mr. Siame of Chalala who was attacked on November 26, 2022 around 01:30 hours after he was booked through Yango Taxi whom they robbed and made to withdraw money at a named ATM along Alick Nkhata road,” he said.

Mr Mwale said in the same night, the suspect together with other unknown accomplices is alleged to have robbed a Mr Shambulo of his motor vehicle and a cellular phone before withdrawing money amounting to K11,000 using the victim’s ATM card at a named ATM whilst armed with Pistols.

He said the suspect was also wanted for the Aggravated Robbery of a Motor vehicle, Toyota Corolla VVTI registration number ABZ 1951 which was robbed at gunpoint on March 8, 2022 a property of a named government official.

Mr Mwape said the suspect was also found with 20 Sim cards for MTN, AIRTEL and ZAMTEL and a drivers’ license for a Ms Sompo.

After further interrogations, the suspect led the Police officers to his accomplices who he mentioned as Lawrence also known as Lole and Shadreck also known as Doza both of Chazanga compound for possible arrest and recoveries.

On their way to Chazanga compound, the vehicle which officers were using developed a machenical fault which compelled the officers to push it off the road. In the process the suspect who was handcuffed took advantage and dashed into the shrubs around Chunga cemetery  trying to escape. This prompted the Officers to fire several warning shots and unfortunately he was hit by a stray bullet.

Officers quickly called for another vehicle which was used to rush the suspect to the University Teaching Hospitals (UTH) for medical attention.Regrettably, he was pronounced dead upon arrival,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the body is in UTH mortuary awaiting formal identification and postmortem adding that investigations have since been intensified.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)

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Two of 12 suspects who escaped from Lawful custody jailed for two years for escaping

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TEN of the 12 suspects that escaped at a police station in Lundazi are still at large and allegations are that the are now terrorising the people in the area.

While two of the suspects who were facing the offence of Aggravated Robbery have since been apprehended , convicted and sentenced to two-years-imprisonment for the offence of escaping from Lawful custody.

Among the 10 other suspects still at large, one is a Murder suspect, one Aggravated Robbery suspect, two Arson suspects, two suspects facing unlawful possession of a firearm, one facing theft by servant, one facing the offence of naming someone to be a witch and one facing criminal trespass.

Lundazi area Member of Parliament Brenda Nyirenda during a question and answer session in parliament put a question to the Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Jack Mwiimbu seeking to find out if police was aware of terror being caused by 12 suspects that escaped from unlawful custody last week Tuesday.

She further asked what the police what measures were taken to ensure that the 12 were taken back into custody.

In response, Acting Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Chipoka Mulenga who is the Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry said the Police was aware and that efforts were being made to bring the suspects back into custody.

“So far, two of the 12 suspects that escaped from lawful custody have been arrested and we’re convicted and sentenced to two-years imprisonment. These two suspects were facing the charge of Aggravated Robbery before they escaped,” he said.

He said however, that police had not recorded any cases of criminals terrorising members of the public, but that measures had been put in place to ensure the suspects were brought to book.

“Police have put in place intensified searches for the 10 escapees at large, intelligence searches which are working with members of the community and we have also enhanced foot patrols,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 30th November, 2022)

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30 Nov 2022, 9:47 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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