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Run away’ train carrying sugar derails in Ndola, as residents loot the commodity, police say 

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A ‘run away’ goods train in Ndola has derailed suspectedly after it’s brakes experienced failure.

The train is believed to have ‘run away’ from Bwana Mkubwa area heading towards Ndola town center.

However, while on the run, it derailed near the Kafubu river bridge causing 20 of it’s wagons to capsize, six of which were carrying sugar.

Police along with Railways officers have since been deployed to keep vigil on the goods after local people had started to loot the sugar.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident if the train derailment occurred yesterday, December 10th around 12:50 hours.

“Brief facts of the matter are that on Sunday, December 10th around 13:02 hours the train had run away from Bwana Mkubwa station heading to Ndola town Centre station strongly suspecting breaks failure. Later on the train was involved in a derailment near Kafubu river bridge rail crossing which was driven by Simon Nkhoma who was alone,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the derailment happened after one wagon came off the rail line hence causing other wagons to derail and the locomotive derailed a distance ahead.

He explained that as the train ran away from Bwana Mkubwa, it coupled to the impala train which was going the other direction ,but at the time of coupling, the impala train started going back to Ndola station ,but was caught up by the runaway train.

“So far about 20 wagons have capsized of which six had carried sugar of different sizes and quantity meant for export by Zambia Sugar and 12 had coal. The driver Simon Nkhoma sustained general body pains and is currently under observation at Ndeke Mini Hospital in Ndola and the other two who were on the other train Lyindunda Kenneth the impala locomotive train driver and Chimuka Nalube also sustained some injuries and they have been rushed to Ndola Teaching Hospital,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 11th December, 2023)

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Tutwa had many children out of wedlock, administrator submits in court

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AN administrator of late lawyer Tutwa Ngulube’s estate has submitted in court that women are coming up claiming to have had children with her late brother.

Ms Tawanda Ngulube submits that one of the women is actually married and the child she claims was fathered by Mr Ngulube was born while the same woman was in her current marriage.

She submits that this scenario made it difficult to ascertain the truthfulness of the claims by the mothers as the children they claim were fathered by Mr Ngulube were not known by any members of the Ngulube family.

This is in a matter in which Catherine Kuntepa, a woman who submitted in court that she a guardian of Mr Ngulube’s five children, sued Mr Ngulube’s wife, Glenda Sokontwe and Ms Ngulube, as administrators.

Ms Kuntepa wants the Lusaka High Court to order the two administrators to render an inventory of Mr Ngulube’s estate and also an order for full and fair distribution of Mr Ngulube’s estate to the deceased’s children she is keeping.

However, Ms Ngulube has contended that the properties cannot be distributed to the beneficiaries in question until all the estate for Mr Ngulube are collected.

“We are unable to distribute the properties to the named beneficiaries until the executor’s year is completed to allow us to gather and collect all the estate of the deceased for the benefit of all the beneficiaries”.

Ms Ngulube adds that Mr Ngulube left landed property, vehicles, shares and the money held in his bank accounts, assets estimated at K20 million and that administrators have also paid out K1million in liabilities left by the lawyer, who was survived by a wife, children, a parent and dependants.

“We begun the process of identifying the beneficiaries under the estate of the deceased as it turned out that the deceased had many children outside wedlock, who were not known to the family of the deceased,” she submits.

Ms Ngulube submits that the procedure of identifying beneficiaries became extra complicated when it was learnt that one woman who claimed that the Mr Ngulube fathered her child is married.

It was then that a consultation process with the office of the Administrator General started on how to handle the estate.

Ms Ngulube submits that the estate could therefore not be distributed until it was ascertained that the claims from the mothers regards genuineness of the paternity of their children.

She adds that Mr Ngulube left a huge estate comprising 20 landed properties and that the process of gathering the assets took a considerable time while lawyers have been engaged to register the letters of administration against all the properties of the deceased as required by law.

Because of this scenario, administers are unable to distribute the properties to the named beneficiaries until the executor’s year is completed to allow us to gather and collect all the estate of the deceased for the benefit of all the beneficiaries.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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Mutale Mwanza says UTH doctor promised to fix her

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IN defence to an assault lawsuit filed against her, media socialite Mutale Mwanza has submitted in court that the University Teaching Hospital doctor who sued her vowed to fix her during a traffic altercation between them.

Ms Mwanza has also dismissed the doctor’s submission that she approached her while carrying a gun in her hands.

She has however submitted that the gun in question was secured in her waist and covered by the long coat she was wearing on that day.

Ms Mwanza has also denied intimidating or threatening the plaintiff, Natasha Mulenga, who has sued her in the High Court over alleged assault and trauma which allegedly occurred last November.

In her documents, the plaintiff submitted that as she was driving home, she found a broken-down vehicle in Chainda area with traffic building behind it and decided to keep to her lane.

She submits that she decided to pass the scene in order for the built-up traffic to flow but before her vehicle passed the broken-down car, Ms Mwanza started flashing her lights at the doctor’s vehicle.

The plaintiff submitted that the journalist then decided to bypass the broken-down vehicle and joined her lane.

When Ms Mwanza blocked the doctor’s car, she (Ms Mwanza) disembarked from her car with a firearm in her right hand, approached the plaintiff’s vehicle while shouting and banging on it.

Dr Mulenga submitted that the incident caused her extreme trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety, physiological distress and sleep disorder.

She is demanding assault compensation.

But Ms Mwanza has dismissed the allegations and argues that the doctor is not entitled to the compensation she is seeking, accusing her of having a desire to address emotional grievances through legal means to remedy every “minor emotional distress she purports to have suffered”.

The defendant contends through her lawyers hat she never approached the doctor while carrying a gun because “the fire arm was firmly secured around her waist while she was wearing a long coat. It is presumed that the plaintiff may have observed the outline of the grip, leading to a misunderstanding”.

She adds that her decision to flash lights at the doctor was not to threaten her but indicate that she had already swerved to avoid the broken down vehicle.

Ms Mwanza said the doctor refused to reverse after she blocked traffic, a development which prevented her (Ms Mwanza) from manoeuvring backward due to the cars queued behind her.

She said during the period, Dr Mulenga was quarrelling with a bus conductor and that the physician was overheard shouting “Just because the defendant [Ms Mwanza] claims to be a celebrity, you expect me to reverse? I can’t”.

When Ms Mwanza approached Dr Mulenga, she submits that she politely asked her to reverse her vehicle but the physician refused and yelled while vowing to fix Ms Mwanza before reversing.

She maintains the doctor’s refusal to give way even after being requested to do so was irresponsible and dangerous.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 4th March, 2024)

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Retired Major arrested for defiling young maid

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A retired Zambia Army major of Makeni Villa in Lusaka has been arrested for allegedly defiling a 15 year old girl who was working as a maid at his house.

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the matter was reported to Police by the victim who alleged that she was defiled on several occasions by her guardian only identified as Mr Simutile aged 67.

He said the victim revealed that the suspect had canal knowledge of her on unknown dates, but between 2021 and 2023 at his house.

Mr Mwale said police initial investigations revealed that during the same period, the victim was working as a maid and her monthly pay was being sent direct to her parents in Siavonga District.

He said the victim alleged that Mr Simutile used to have canal knowledge of her when all other family members were not around at home.

“On March 2, 2024 around 16:30 hours, the victim told officers that she sneaked out of the house after she saw the suspect advancing towards her. She ran to the Police station where she reported the matter and immediately Police instituted investigations which led to the arrest of the suspect who was further identified to be a retired Major from the Zambia Army,” Mr Mwale said.

He said the victim, who was immediately moved to a Safe Home, is currently undergoing medical treatment while the suspect is detained in custody waiting to be formally charged.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 3rd March, 2024)

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