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Police respond to alleged child torture, arrest seven for murder

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POLICE have responded to concerns raised by the Human Rights Commission regarding the alleged torture of a suspected child offender aged 14.

In a statement issued, police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the police acknowledge the seriousness of the allegations and that thorough investigations into the matter have been instituted.

He added that any officer found to be involved in the torture will face disciplinary action.

“We take these allegations seriously and are committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism. An immediate and thorough investigation has been instituted, and any officer found culpable will face disciplinary action. We reaffirm our dedication to respecting human rights, and we will take decisive measures to eradicate any instances of torture or mistreatment,” he said.

The statement comes in response to concerns raised by the Human Rights Commission over the treatment of a suspected child offender who was allegedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment while in police custody.

Meanwhile, Mr Hamoonga said police have since arrested and charged the suspected child offender and seven other individuals in connection with a murder and aggravated robbery case.

He said the incident occurred on January 31, 2024, around 23:40 hours in Kalikiliki compound, where a taxi driver named Peter Malama was attacked by a group of individuals believed to be junkies.

Mr Hamoonga said the suspected child offender reportedly obstructed the vehicle, prompting the sudden attack by the assailants, who were masked and armed with machetes.

He added that the attackers not only murdered Mr Malama but also robbed four passengers in the taxi of their phones and valuables.

Mr Hamoonga said the seven other suspects arrested alongside the child offender have been identified as Joseph Kambombo, nicknamed Tizo, aged 20, Jacob Mwape, aged 20, also known as Kamana Swag, a 15-year-old juvenile, Michael Tembo, aged 20, also known as Boss B, Chisomo Mvula, aged 19, also known as Black Dollar, and two other juveniles.

“All the suspects are currently in police custody,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 8th February, 2024)

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Lusaka woman arrested as voice note alleging theft by CB minister traced to her phone.

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A 59-YEAR-OLD woman of Lusaka’s Makeni area has been arrested following the circulation of a voice note implicating Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo in alleged financial misconduct.

Rebecca Mulenga of Christ the Redeemer Catholic church is alleged to have been the one circulating the audio on various WhatsApp groups linked to her phone.

She has since been charged with libel, C section 191 of penalty code Cap.87 and Harassment utilising means of Electronic communication C section .69 of Cyber security and Cyber-Crime Act of 2021.

Copperbelt Province commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba said the incident is alleged to have occurred between January 1st and 31st.

“The Anti- fraud unit at Copperbelt Division Headquarters on January 31st, 2024 at 18:00 hours, received a report from the Copperbelt Minister Hon Elisha Matambo, after a voice note went viral on social media platforms alleging that the minister was a thief who had stolen public funds and that he has since acquired several trucks for sale in Ndola along Vitanda street and other properties among other accusations,” he said.

He said based on the report, officers instituted investigations into the matter.

Mr Mweemba said a search was conducted and preliminary clues indicated that the culprit who posted the audio on the WhatsApp group was in Makeni Lusaka.

“Further, the officers were then dispatched to Lusaka where Rebecca Mutale Mulenga, aged 59 years also of Christ the Redeemer Catholic main Church Makeni – Lusaka was apprehended on Thursday February 9th,  2024 and was transferred to Ndola the following day Friday February 10th,2024. A phone allegedly used in the commission of crime was recovered, seized from her and subjected for forensic scientific extract of the voice notes as well as examining other incrementing evidence at ZICTA on February 14th, 2024,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said the results were received from ZICTA on Friday , February 16th, 2024.

“The suspect has since been formally charged and arrested. she is still in police custody pending an appearance of Court on Monday 19th February 19th, 2024,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)

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Eight-year-old killed by speeding vehicle, police say 

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BARELY two weeks of having schools open, an eight-year-old grade one pupil of North-Western Province has tragically lost her life after being hit by a vehicle.

Loveness Kalusa was on her way to school when a Toyota Hilux being driven by James Moono aged 50, hit her and she sustained fatal injuries.

The driver is alleged to hit the victim due to driving with excessive speed.

North-Western Province commanding officer Dennis Moola said the incident occurred on Monday, February 19th around 06:49 hours at Kayonge area along Mutanda-Lumwana road in Kalumbila district.

He said the suspect was driving a Toyota Hilux registration BAA 6465 belonging to North-Western Energy Cooperation.

“Due to the impact the victim sustained a very deep cut on the left pelvic joint, suspected fractured, bruised forehead and multiple bruises on the left side of the body.The motor vehicle had slight dents on the front bumper,” he said.

Mr Moola added that the suspect has been detained and charged with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)

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Farmer discovers three dead bodies while carrying out routine check on his maize

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IN a bizarre and gruesome state of events, a farmer of Kasisi area of Lusaka province has discovered three dead bodies in his maize field.

The three bodies of two females aged between 22 and 25 and a male aged between 30 and 35 were discovered meters apart from each other.

The bodies which are yet to be identified are believed to have all been gruesomely axed on the neck and head areas.

Police have launched investigations behind the gruesome murder of the three whose bodies were in a decomposed state.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga who confirmed the gruesome incident to Mwebantu said it was reported on February 18th, 2024.

He said the axe used in the murder was also found at the scene some meters away from the bodies.

Mr Hamoonga said the incident was reported by Isaiah Lweela aged 47 of Kasisi Mine area.

“Brief facts are that on February 18, 2024 at around 15:00 hours, the reporter went to his farm to check on his maize field. As he was going round, he smelled a bad odor and saw a lot of flies nearby. He decided to check what was there only to find a dead body of a person. He went back to the village and informed people who went to the scene in large numbers and Later on discovered two more dead bodies and decided to report the matter to Police,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the Scene of Crime was visited by police and the bodies were three, two females aged between 22 and 25 and one of a male person aged between 30 and 35.

“The male body was found in the field with a deep cut on the head, clothed in a blue jean trousers, and white sneakers were recovered about 30 meters away from the body. 500 meters from the first body was another body of a female person with a deep cut on the right side of the neck. The third body of a female was discovered 80 meters from the second body with a deep cut on the head,” he said.

He explained that the axe suspected to have been used was recovered.

Mr Hamoonga said a yellow sweat shirt, white trousers, blue T-shirt, blue wrapper, a black cycling, a blue short and pink slippers were found and picked 30 meters from the third body.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 20th February, 2024)

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