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Police urge political parties to campaign within the provisions of the law

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INSPECTOR General of police Kakoma Kanganja has directed all police commissioners in provinces where the country is scheduled to have bye-elections to allow Political Parties to conduct their preparatory meetings and Campaigns freely and in line with the provisions of the law.

Kanganja has also advised political parties to ensure that they conduct their activities peacefully and abide by the provision of the Public Order Act which requires them to notify the police on their intended activities.

“In view of the forthcoming bye-elections scheduled to take place in some parts of the Country, I have directed all Police Commissioners in Provinces with impending bye-elections to allow Political Parties to conduct their preparatory meetings and Campaigns freely but in line with the provisions of the Public Order Act (POA) and other pieces of Legislation,” Kanganja says.

“Police Commissioners are further advised to inform Regulating Officers and all other officers under their command not to use the provisions of the Preservation of Public Security Act number 112 to impede the forthcoming bye-elections.”

He says it is the responsibility of political party leaders to monitor and regulate the conduct of their members during the period under review.

“Further, I urge Political Party leaders in respective areas to avail their planned activities to relevant regulating officers to enable them plan in advance.I wish to bring to the attention of all political party leaders at various levels that it is their responsibility to monitor and regulate the conduct of their members so that such activities can be conducted in a peaceful and violent free environment,” Kanganja adds.

“I am sending a strong warning to all those that would want to deliberately ignore the provisions of the Law that we shall not tolerate any lawlessness but arrest and prosecuted all those found wanting.”

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Police look for “innocent” aged 18 who defiled a 13 year old girl for four days at his house

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POLICE  in Kitwe  have launched a manhunt for an 18 year old man who defiled his 13 year old girlfriend after hosting her for 4 days.

Copperbelt Police Commissioner Elias Chushi said the mother of the girl reported that her daughter had gone missing.

He said girl was “hosted” by a man only identified as Innocent who was his

“Police in Kitwe received a report of Defilement in which a girl aged 13 of the same address was defiled by Innocent other names not known aged 18 of unmarked House Number in Musonda Compound Kitwe.The girl left home for a party on 25 July 2021 around 15:00 hours which was held at her friend’s house in Musonda Compound in Kitwe. The party ended around 17:30 hours and as she was heading home she was approached by a male person namely Innocent other names not known who proposed love to her and took her to his one roomed house where she spent 4 days with him. Her parents were looking for her and managed to find her loitering within Musonda Compound, on 28 July 2021,” Mr Chushi said

He  said the girl informed her  parents that she had been with Innocent and had sex with him in his one roomed house during the whole period.

Mr Chushi said medical report was issued to the victim and was escorted to Kitwe Teaching Hospital by female police officer.

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Over 1,000 children were last year abused countrywide, police say

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OVER 1000 children were last year abused countrywide, with girls standing at 79 percent.

Meanwhile, Gender Based Violence 2021 second quarter data analysis has seen a 1.9 % reduction.

Giving an update on the victim support unit 2021 second quarter GBV data analysis,Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo said 1,104 child victims were abused countrywide.

She however said there is a reduction as compared to 2020 in which 4,409 of GBV cases were recorded.

“4,324 cases of Gender Based Violence were reported Countrywide during the Second Quarter of 2021 compared to the Second Quarter of 2020 in which 4,409 cases of GBV were recorded, showing a reduction by 85 cases translating to a 1.9% reduction. The 2021 Second Quarter Gender Based Violence disaggregated data indicates that 1,104 Child Victims were abused countrywide representing 25.5% of all victims of Gender Based Violence. Out of the 1,104 children, 872 were girls representing 79% while 232 were boys representing 21% of all abused child victims respectively. 2,687 women and 533 men were abused countrywide representing 62.1% and 12.3% respectively,” Mrs Katongo said.

She further said during the period under review, the Victim Support Unit counseled a total of 2,056 people for criminal offences comprising of 1,358 victims and 698 offenders.

“1,824 were counseled for non-criminal offences comprising of 1,077 females, 318 males, 161 girls and 92 boys bringing the total number of people counseled to 3,880. The 2021 Second Quarter GBV Crime Report shows that 804 Sexual Offenses were recorded representing 18.6% of all the reported cases. Out of these, 590 victims were girls translating to 73.4%, 202 victims were women translating to 25.1%, 11 victims were boys translating to 1.4%, whilst 01 victim was a man translating to 0.1%,” she said

Mrs Katongo said 576 cases of child defilement translating to 71.6% were recorded of which 571 were girls and 5 were boys, representing 99.1% and 0.9% of all the reported cases.

Mrs Katongo said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of child defilement cases with 224 cases translating to 38.9% of all child defilement cases reported country wide.

She added that Central Province recorded 67 cases translating to 11.6%, followed by Southern Province with 60 cases translating to 10.4%.

“Eastern Province recorded 57cases translating to10% and Muchinga Province recorded 38cases translating to 6.6% of all the reported defilement cases. Copperbelt and Western recorded 33 cases each translating to 5.7% respectively. North Western Province recorded 29cases translating to 05%. Northern Province recorded 19 cases translating to 3.3%. Luapula Province and Airport Division recorded 08 cases each translating to 1.4% respectively. Still under Sexual Offences; 123 rape cases were reported of which all victims were women.”

Mrs Katongo said 15 attempted rape cases were recorded during the period under review.

” The country also recorded 55 cases of indecent Assault out of which 40 victims were women, 13 girls, 01 man and 01 boy. 13 cases of incest were recorded in which 10 victims were women and 03 were girls. Out of the 1,862 cases of Assault OABH, 1,534 victims were females translating to 82.4% while 328 were males translating to 17.6%. 05 cases of Grievously Bodily Harm (GBH) were also recorded during the period under review of which 03 victims’ were females and 02 males translating to 60%, and 40% respectively.”

“Western Province recorded 276 cases translating to 14.8%. Muchinga Province recorded 206 translating 11.1% of all Assault OAHB cases reported countrywide. Eastern Province recorded 204 representing 11%, Copperbelt 191 cases representing 10.3%. Central Province recorded 188 representing 10.1%. North-Western Province recorded 142 cases representing 7.6%. Southern Province recorded 108 cases representing 5.8%.Northern Province recorded 55 cases translating to 2.9%, Tazara recorded 44 translating to 2.4%, Luapula, records 19 cases representing 01% of all reported GBV cases,” Mrs Katongo said

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Police arrest four UPND members for fighting amongst themselves at their campaign house

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POLICE in Mansa have arrested and charged four suspected members of United Party for National Development (UPND) with the offences of Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Unlawful Confinement.

This was after Police received a report that some suspected UPND members were fighting amongst themselves at their campaign house situated in Kabuta area within Mansa District.

In a statement,  police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said when police officers rushed to the scene, they found seven people locked inside one of the rooms.

“The incident occurred on July 28, 2021 around 15:00 hours in Kabuta area of Mansa District.Preliminary investigations revealed that seven suspected UPND members gathered at a house in Spark Extension with a view of defecting from their party to the Patriotic Front. Upon receiving the report of their defection, the suspected UPND security followed them and started beating them up. They later took them to their campaign house in Kabuta area and unlawfully confined them against their wish,” Mr Mwale said

He said police managed to rescue the victims and conveyed them to Mansa Central Police station where they complained of having been assaulted and money amounting to K 1,000 cash including  their mobile cellular phones were grabbed from them.

Mr Mwale said those arrested have been identified as Emmanuel Kasote aged 47 of Spark Extension, Enerst Mwansa aged 27, Kingfred Ng’andu aged 40 and Mufaya Kelly aged 29 all of Mansa District.

He said  the victims were issued with medical report forms while the suspects are detained in Police custody.

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30 Jul 2021, 7:41 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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