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Police nab three men for defrauding members of the public over 400,000 through fake Facebook accounts

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THREE men of Kitwe and Kalulushi who are believed to be behind various fake Facebook accounts advertising fake products and job opportunities have been arrested.

The three who are all aged 22 have been since charged with Personation, Unsolicited electronic messages,Obtaining money by false pretences and Intent to Deceive.

It is alleged throughout their activities, the three young men defrauded unsuspecting people over K400,000.

In a statement, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the three are Michael Lupupa of house number 103 Nkana East in Kitwe, Mwansa Mwansa of unknown house number in Kalulushi and Arthur Zulu of house number 3604AA Chiwala Avenue Nkana East in Kitwe

He said trio was apprehended when a team of Officers from Zambia Police and employees from Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority (ZICTA) instituted investigations into the allegations and managed to trail the numbers used by the suspects to defraud members of the public.

“The incidents occurred between August and September, 2022 at unknown time in Lusaka.

It is alleged that the suspects were using fake Facebook accounts in the Names of Patricia Kasakula, Christine Katundu and Natasha Mvula to defraud members of the public by advertising assorted cell phones for sale when in fact not and fake Job advert on behalf of Action Aid at a fee,” he said.

He said the trio have defrauded unsuspecting members of the public a total sum of K450,378.

Mr Hamoonga said five cell phones alleged to have been used in the act have since been recovered and seized under the seizure of goods under section 121 of the Criminal Procedure Code Chapter 88 of the Laws of Zambia.

He said the three suspects have been released on Police Bond and will appear in Court soon.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 19th November, 2022)

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Alleged UPND cadres arrested for assaulting a traffic police officer.

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POLICE  have charged and arrested two suspects identified as Monday Kapobe aged 40 of Garden Compound and Trust Musonda aged 27 of Mandevu compound in Lusaka for the offence of Assault on a Police officer.

The two suspects, driver and conductor respectively, who were clad in United Party  for National Development attire are alleged to have assaulted a traffic police officer who was on duty at the junctions of Freedom way and Kalambo road in Lusaka’s Central Business District (CBD).

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the incident happened on November 24, 2022 around 09:20 hours.

He said preliminary investigations indicate that the Traffic Police officer in company of other officers were doing motorised patrols in the CBD when they observed a Toyota Haice minibus registration number ABV 2328 which was picking passengers at non designated bus stops along Freedom way.

“The bus was intercepted and impounded. along the way to the Police Station near Zambia Revenue Authority offices. The minibus driver decided to disobey the officer’s directives and drove towards Lumumba bus station.

Upon noticing that the minibus driver was going in another direction, the officer who was on board of  the impounded minibus ,managed to pull the steering wheel to the left side of the road where the vehicle eventually parked,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the driver switched off the engine and mobilised some ‘co-boys’ who started harassing the officer.

He said the Traffic officer was only rescued by his fellow Traffic officers who rushed to the scene.

Mr Mwale said the suspects are in Police Custody and will appear in court on Monday, November 28, 2022.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 25th November, 2022)

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Lusaka Provincial veterinary officer and former ZRA assistant director nabbed for alleged corruption

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Lusaka Provincial Veterinary Officer for alleged corrupt practices involving over K28,000.

Dr Patricia Bwalya, 50, of Longacres area in Lusaka has been charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office.
ACC head of communication, Timothy Moono has told Mwebantu in a statement that details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone Dr Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries allegedly abused the authority of office by irregularly charging members of the public for treating their animals despite such a service being free and her receiving a government salary to perform that service.
He said the second count, Dr Bwalya is charged with one count of Corrupt Acquisition of Public Revenue contrary to Section 34 (1) Sub (a)of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.
Details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone District Dr. Patricia Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries did corruptly acquire public revenue in the manner she irregularly charged members of the public for treating their animals despite the service being free and she collected a total sum of K28,392.50 for her own benefit, matters or transactions that concern the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, a public body,” Mr Moono said.
Meanwhile, the Commission has arrested former Zambia Revenue Authority Assistant Director for Tax Appeals for corrupt practices involving K22,000.
Mr Moono said Sonkwe Kasonkomona, 43, of Lusaka has been charged with one count of Corrupt Practices.
He said details are that on dates unknown but between 1st February 2020 and 29th February 2020 Mr Kasonkomona being an Assistant Director for Tax Appeals at Zambia Revenue Authority jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown allegedly solicited for K22,000 as gratification or reward for the facilitation of the release of a truck registration number T673 DEV/T852 CVZ belonging to Ali Raza of Akeza Investments Trading as Ali Raza Investments, a matter or transaction that concern , a public body.
“Both Dr Bwalya and Mr Kasonkomona have since been released on Bond and will appear in Court soon,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 25th November, 2022)

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Police apprehends 20 suspects behind the brutal attack on nine police officers in Kamwaza village in Katete, as IG considers promoting the officers for their professionalism and sacrifice

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POLICE have apprehended 20 people  suspected to have been behind the attack on police officers in Kamwaza village in Katete district.

Last week, nine police officers were brutally attacked and seriously injured by a mob which was infuriated after a murder suspect was released due to inadequate evidence.

However,  the suspects have been apprehended following ongoing investigations surrounding the incident.

Inspector General of police Lemmy Kajoba has announced in a statement that the suspects, all male persons aged between 18 and 53 are also believed to have gutted a Police motor vehicle, Land Cruiser registration number ZP 2502B and participated in the demolition of 16 houses.

“They were rounded-up today, 24th November, 2022 around 02:00 hours in Joweni, Chinzu and Kamwaza Villages in Katete District. All the suspects are currently detained in police custody while investigations have intensified.

As a remedial measure, Police will enhance civic education aimed at enlightening members of the public on the need for co-existence with the police and other government institutions,” he said.

Mr Kajoba has further cautioned certain individuals to avoid politicizing the incident by making unwarranted statements which are not related to what occurred in Katete.

And the IG has disclosed that the police command is considering promoting the officers for their professionalism exhibited during the incident.

“Let me seize this opportunity to thank the general citizenry for supporting and acknowledging how officers applied themselves to avert what could have been a bloody incident.

And as such, let me applaud the professional conduct exhibited by officers who applied themselves by exercising maximum restraint amidst serious provocation by the unruly villagers.As a way to recognise their professionalism and sacrifices, my Command is considering to promote the officers involved,” he said.

Mr Kajoba also assured the nation that the security situation in Chieftainess Kawaza and other surrounding areas is calm and members of the public are going about with their routine businesses without any disturbances.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 24th November, 2022)

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