THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it has secured 1,705 convictions in the Lusaka Fast Track Court on Traffic offences which were committed from April to June this year.
RTSA Public Relations Manager Mukela Mangolwa says the highest convictions were for Expired Road Tax with 534 convictions, Expired Test Certificate with 374, Use of Hand held phone with 269 convictions, Dangerous driving with 276 convictions, Uninsured or Expired with 261 convictions, Unlicensed drivers with 206 convictions, and Obstruction of Roadway by Motor vehicle with 158 cases.
Mangolwa in a statement said others were for use of Unregistered vehicle with 158 convictions, Driving a Motor vehicle in a Dangerous condition with 79 and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with 32 convictions.
He further stated that other offenses included Alighting, Unsecured load, Failure to obey lawful instructions, Failure to obey traffic signs, Failure to secure a minor and Failure to wear seatbelt, Affixing false tokens, Affixing false registration mark, Careless driving, Contravening SI 76 regulations, expired Certificate of Fitness Expired Identity and Plying for hire and reward.
He said the agency in the first quarter of 2019 recorded a total of 2,694 cases which were also taken to the Fast Track Court.
He said there has been a high number of motorists flouting road rules and regulations.
Six year old girl found dead, police say
A SIX year old girl of Kawambwa who went missing after she was sent away from class by her teacher has been found dead with her private parts and other body parts missing.
Precious Kaunda’s body was found floating on Ng’ona river by three boys who went fishing.
Luapula province commanding officer Gloria Mulele said Jealous Musonda, Lupambo Katepa and Pathias Mubanga found Kaunda’s body floating in a decomposed state.
“Upon receiving the report the police rushed to the scene of the crime and found the body floating by the river side and managed to retrieve the body. The police conducted a search within the scene of the crime and found a school bag, pant, shoes, a pencil, a pair of socks and also struggling marks as well as fallen elephant grass,” Ms Mulele said.
She said a physical inspection on Precious’s body was conducted where the police found that her lower and upper lips were removed, part of the nose and the private part were removed.
“The body was taken to Kawambwa district hospital mortuary where a post mortem was conducted to ascertain the cause of death. According to the doctor’s findings, the cause of death was due to excessive bleeding and shock,” She said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 30th January, 2023)
DNA reveals Ndola Teaching Hospital babies were swapped, police say
POLICE and hospital authorities at Ndola Teaching Hospital (NTH) are trying to arrest a suspect who swapped two babies at the hospital facility.
This is after a DNA test was conducted on the two babies that were allegedly swapped between January 13 and 14th this year.
Earlier between January 13th and 14, two mother’s were in a dilemma after there was a suspected baby swapping.
A complaint was made by Danny Kiprios 35 saying his son weighing 4.4Kg at birth was swapped with another baby weighing 3.5kg.
Copperbelt police commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba following a suspected Child Swapping, results have indicated that the babies were swapped.
“Investigations were instituted and samples were collected from the two mothers and from the two babies and they were sent to police service headquarters Forensic department for DNA analysis. A follow up report on the matter is such that the DNA results have been received from Lusaka and they are indicating that the babies were indeed swapped. They are indicating that the bigger baby who weighed 4.4kg truely belonged to the Majory wapamesa kaprios (the complainants).
The other smaller baby who weighed 3.5kg belongs to Violet Mulenga Mulenga, contrary to her claim that her baby was the bigger one,” he said.
He said this is in accordance to the DNA report as analysed by the Forensic Department.
“The dispute of identifying the two babies to their biological mothers has been settled by the results ,but what is remaining is finding out the suspect who swapped the bands on the hands of the two infants so as to create a confusion. As such investigations are on going so as to bring the suspect to book,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 29th January, 2023)
35 People escape death after bus they were traveling on caught fire and burnt to ashes
THIRTY-FIVE people, including the driver have escaped death after a passenger bus they were traveling in destined to Lusaka from Chipata caught fire and burnt to ashes.
This was after the airbags burst and caught fire, reducing the bus to flames.
Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi said the incident occurred today around 14:00 hours near Unyanya area along Great East Road.
“Involved was Lottie Mwale aged 35 of Chipata Motel in Chipa, District Chipata who was driving a Scania Marcopolo Bus registration number AJE 3160 a property of Jonda Bus Tours that was carrying 34 passengers on board. Preliminary investigations indicate that the incident happened when the Motor Vehicle had its airbag burst and eventually caught fire,” he said.
Mr Chilabi said the driver and the passengers escaped unhurt while the vehicle was completely burnt and reduced to ashes.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 28th January, 2023)