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RTSA impounds over 400 PSV motor vehicles for abrogating the ban on night driving

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THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), says it has impounded over 400 PSV motor vehicles for abrogating the ban on night driving.

RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga said this was during a five day special operation which was conducted along major highways in the country.

Mubanga said it is saddening that after the 2017 government announcement that goods PSVs that wish to operate day and night should apply for permits, only three operators had applied.

“Thus, all goods PSV operators wishing to operate at night must apply for a permit from the RTSA and should put in place road safety measures in line with the stipulated five pillars namely, Driver Management, Vehicle Management, Journey Management, Health and Safety and Organizational Management. However, the Agency is concerned that only three operators and companies have applied and managed to acquire a permit to be allowed to move at night and most operators opt to defy provisions of the law in this regard with impunity,” said Mubanga.

And Mubanga said the Agency will not hesitate to revoke operator’s licenses for companies that will be found contravening the terms and conditions under which their licences were issued.

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Nephew arrested raping his aunt, police say

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A 24-year-old woman was allegedly raped and assaulted by her 31-year-old nephew after she was from bathing.

Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the incident happened when the victim 25 went into the bathroom to take a bath while wrapped in a chitenge material.

However, shortly after she came out of the bathroom, Joseph Shula allegedly pounced on her.

“The suspect then covered her mouth with his hand to avoid her shouting and went on to undress the victim and inserted his penis into her private parts,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said the victim sustained a painful vagina and general body pains.

He said Shula was immediately apprehended by members of the family and some neighbours who took him to Mushili

Police Post where the matter was reported.

Mr Mweemba said Shula will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, a man of Chipulukusu is on the run after he allegedly defiled a 15-year-old neighbour.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)

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High temperatures and clear skies expected in June and July due to El Nino conditions

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MINISTER of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu says the country will continue experiencing high temperatures above normal for both day and night during this month and July.

The Minister however said, episodes of cooler night temperatures may be experienced for a few days over Gwembe, Ndola, Mansa, Mwinilunga, Kasempa, Kabompo, Livingstone and Mbala Districts and surrounding areas.

He said the high temperatures are attributed to the El Nino conditions being observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the warmer Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures.

“Moreover, there has been an increase in the heat trapping Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere globally. These conditions are fuelling the high temperatures being observed,” he said.

Mr Nzovu said the expected high temperatures may drive increase in energy demands for cooling and irrigation.

He said in addition, the increased water losses due to evaporation resulting from the high temperatures may affect water levels in dams and other water bodies.

Mr Nzovu further said the high temperatures may provide favourable conditions for agriculture pests as well as human and animal diseases to thrive

He said his ministry through the Meteorological Department, in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will continue providing updates and advisories.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)

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‘Abductors’ plead guilty 

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THE two men accused or abduction have pleaded guilty to five out of the over 50 abduction, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and sexual offenses committed against against 13 young women last October.

A marshall is currently reading the rest of the charges to James Bwalya and Mathews Sikaonga who are appearing before Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda.

(THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY)

(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)

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