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Prophet arrested for car theft



A 40-year-old taxi driver of Lusaka has had his car stolen after he fell prey to a prophecy over his life from a 21-year-old fake prophet.

The suspect has also been arrested for stealing two phones from two women he duped by telling that he would pray for them for a breakthrough at the mountain.

Bwalya Chibwe is alleged to have hired Nathan Kembe’s taxi and directed him to take him to Ngombe township in Lusaka area.

While on the way to Ngombe from PHI, the suspect is alleged to have started prophesying over the victim.

When they reached the destination, the suspect is believed to have coerced the victim into going into the house for a short prayer session.

While there, he found two other women the suspect was purporting to pray for.

He then gave him anointed oil and some charms, which later made him lose consciousness and then his car was stolen.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred on November 10th around 15:00 hours between PHI and Ngombe township.

He said on the same day police managed to apprehend the suspect and the stolen items.

“Brief facts are that on the material day, the victim aged 40 of Mtendere township was operating as a taxi driver using a Toyota Vitz registration number BBC6517 when he was hired by a lone dreadlocked young man from PHI to Ng’ombe. On the way, the client started prophesying over the taxi driver. When they reached Ng’ombe, the taxi driver was encouraged to attend a brief prayer session in a house where there were two women,” he said.

He said the victim was taken to a bedroom where he was given water, which the suspect claimed was anointing water and was advised to take a nap.

Mr Hamoonga said afterwards, he was made to wear some suspected charms around his waist and advised to sit comfortably.

“In the process, the taxi driver became intoxicated and became unconscious, and the suspect disappeared with the vehicle. The said motor vehicle is a property of Kaluma Nguni, who is out of the country but was left with Simayela Lupiya, aged 31 of house number 10 Harry Nkumbula road behind PHI mall and is valued at K115,000=00,” he said.

He said police instituted investigations and Simayela Lupiya informed them that the vehicle had a tracker and was in Garden House.

Mr Hamoonga said officers made a follow-up and managed to recover the vehicle and apprehended the suspect with another person in the car.

He added that later it was further discovered that the suspect had stolen two phones an Infinix worth K2,000 from Maureen Tembo aged 50 and a techno phone worth K2,500 from Gladys Chibuye whom he duped that he wanted to take their phones for a breakthrough prayer session at the mountain.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 12th November, 2023)


Ndola teacher dragged to court for alleged rape on pupil



A Ndola teacher has been dragged to court for allegedly sexually abusing a grade 11 pupil at a school he teaches.

David Kunda aged 31 is alleged to have lured the victim to his office where he sexually abused her.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on September 28th, this year at around 21:00 hours at the school premises.

When the matter came up for before Ndola magistrate Brian Simachela, Kunda denied the accusations.

It is alleged that on the material date, the victim had gone to accused’s office to call her parents.

It was heard that after the call, when the pupil wanted to walk out from the office, Kunda allegedly locked the door and raped her.

The victim then reported the incident to other teachers the following day.

However, after denying the allegations, the matter was adjourned to December 14th for commencement of trial.

Before it’s adjournment, advocate representing the accused , Kenneth Tembo applied for bail pending trial.

Magistrate Simachela granted bail of K25,000 in accused’s own recognisance and ordered that he also bring two working surieties from well known institutions.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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LAZ strongly condemns brutal attack on Its member at High Court



THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has condemned the thuggery and barbaric behavior that unfolded at the High Court yesterday, where a lawyer, Linus Eyaa, was physically attacked by aggrieved members of the public.

In a statement LAZ president Lungisani Zulu said the Association has established that Mr Eyaa was merely discharging his role as a Legal Practitioner in line with the provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 30 of the Laws of Zambia, when he met the unfortunate fate, from an opposing group in the case involving Money Grow Cooperative.

He reminded members of the public of the critical role lawyers play in the development of society, in line with every lawyer’s statutory mandate.

Mr Zulu said acts of physical violence against members of the legal profession are inimical to the advancement of the public interest, which lawyers advance.

He said lawyers have always stood and continue to stand on the side of society, even offering pro bono services to indigents.

“That the unfortunate incident happened in the precincts of the High Court, which are considered as a “holy ground of justice” makes the incident more distressing and any efforts by any citizens to take the law into their own hands deserves condemnation in the strongest terms, by all well-meaning citizens,” he said.

Mr Zulu has since commended police for its quick action in saving the lawyer.

“We are happy to also learn that six suspects of the violence have since been arrested by Kabwata. Police and now await subsequent court appearance to answer for their irresponsible actions,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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Justice for girl killed by 10 dogs starts



A FARM director whose 10 vicious dogs mauled a 13-year-old girl to death has been charged with manslaughter and appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Last month, Shim Yaming’s dogs attacked and killed Sharon Banda, 13, who is the daughter of the accused’s person’s farm worker who lives within the ranch.

The incident happened around 05:00 hours when the victim went outside to use the toilet only to be attacked by the vicious beasts belonging to Shi of New Kasama.

Police visited the scene and discovered the dead body of the girl lying on the ground with multiple dog bites all over the body.
The victim’s father Allan Banda, 43, a poultry man at the farm, told police that his daughter was bitten and died on the spot as she sustained deep cuts all over her body.
Shi, 40, was later detained and slapped with the offence of reckless and negligent act and police later terminated some of the dogs which attacked the girl.

Yesterday, the accused appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court charged with manslaughter.

Allegations are that on November 8 this year, Shi did cause the death of Sharon.
The case was allocated to magistrate Mwandu Sakala.

The Director of Public Prosecutions is supposed to issue a committal later so that the accused in the matter is taken to the High Court for trial since the offence he is facing can only be tried in a higher court.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)

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