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Senior Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamabo II sues State, demands K20million compensation after soldiers encroached on her land



SENIOR Chieftainess Nkomesha Mukamabo II of the Soli people in Chongwe has sued the State demanding that soldiers who forcefully encroached on her land to surrender it back to her chiefdom.

The traditional leader further seeks an order that the affected families who were on the land be compensated for loss of their Houses and Property in the sum of K20, 000, 000.

Further, the chief seeks damages for Stress, Mental Anguish and Inconvenience worth K5million plus Interest and Costs.

In a statement of claim before the Lusaka High Court, the Chieftainess is the first plaintiff while Moses Manjeleka and Chuma Mwanza are second and their plainitffs who have sued the Attorney General and an unknown persons as first and second respondents.

The chief submits that the Attorney General has been sued as a Legal Representative acting on behalf of the State.

She submits that unknown persons have constantly been going to her village.

“Sometime in June, 2023 the Plaintiff’s Headman Mwalukanga within the Busoli Chiefdom was visited by Two Motor Vehicles full of Soldiers and they asked to be given some land where they could train in preparation for their Peace Keeping outreach program and the said training program was scheduled to last for two Weeks and were given permission accordingly,” the document reads.

She says however, that the Plaintiff’s dismay, the soldiers refused to leave continued training and consequently started placing beacons and demarcating the land for Construction of Household Units and other Projects.

“As if the above is not enough, the soldiers brought in the graders into the area and also began to displace and demolish the resident’s houses without any Court Order whatsoever.

“They have deployed soldiers who have surrounded the said area with guns in an attempt to scare the local residents and grab the land by force through illegal means,” the document reads.

The Chief complains that the soldiers act is illegal and an affront to the Principals of Natural Justice in that they do not have a right to summarily enter the Plaintiffs and forcely grab Land under the guise that they were using same for training.

“Over 15 Houses have so far been demolished by the said Soldiers and have instructed unknown persons to Construct Houses on the said Land without any due regard to the established Laws in this Jurisdiction.

“Despite a demand Letter served on their Legal Representative the Defendant have continued to evict, demolish and build on the said Land. The plaintiff now prays that for an order that the said Military personnel (Soldiers) unconditionally surrender back Possession of forcefully encroached Land to the Plaintiff”.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 5th September, 2023)


‘I did not expect him to play well’ Leicester City coach on Patson Daka



LEICESTER City coach Enzo Maresca has said he did not expect striker Patson Daka to play well on Saturday having not seen much game time this season.

Yesterday, Daka served his manager a humble pie, scoring a goal and providing an assist in the 4-0 win over Plymouth.

In a post match Interview, Maresca revealed that, “I told Pat before the game: ‘It doesn’t matter if you play well or bad. I don’t expect you to play well. I can understand to be out for three or four months. So play free, relax, enjoy, and then we’ll see,” Maresca said.

Maresca said he is sorry that the player has not seen much action.

“I always said to him [Daka] that in these three or four months: ‘Pat, I’m very sorry for the situation.’ But it is what it is.”

Despite Daka’s impact, Maresca couldn’t give a concrete comment of the player’s future at the club.

“For me the future is Wednesday,” Maresca added. “I swear, serious. Pat is one of our players. We are happy. If he is not happy and he wants to leave, we’ll see. Now it’s about Wednesday.”

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)

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Lusaka farm workers run after stealing 150 pigs from employer, police say



THREE farm workers are on the run after they allegedly stole 150 pigs valued at K1.5 million.

The three are Peter Mumba aged 40, Isaac Banda aged 36 and Boniface Banda aged 20.

A manhunt has been launched to bring the suspects to book.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident allegedly took place on Friday December 8th between 19:00 to 20:00 hours.

He said the report of theft by servant was received from Veronica Phiri, the owner of the farm in the industrial area.

“Brief facts of the matter are that the reporter (farm owner) employed the trio at her farm two years ago. On December 7,2023,She visited her farm and everything was intact. However, on December 9,2023 around 10:00 hours,She received a phone call from her neighbour that there was no one at her farm including all workers and their wives.She later drove to her farm and found no body and all her livestock had been stolen,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said she then immediately reported the matter to Westwood Police Station.

He added that Police Officers visited the scene of crime and found no workers at the farm and all the pigs had been stolen.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 10th December, 2023)

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Suspected criminal shot dead in Lusaka



POLICE have gunned down a suspected criminal believed to be behind a spate of robberies.

The suspect only known as Jack TC is believed to have committed a spate of crimes with his colleagues who are on the run.

Jack TC was renting an apartment in Kalundu area of Lusaka and allegedly hired a vehicle three months prior, which he used to commit the said crimes.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the unfolding of the crimes started on November 29,2023, during routine patrols when officers spotted a Silver Toyota Ractis bearing Registration CAC 825 ZM which was suspiciously parked along a small gravel road.

He said when challenged, the occupants started the motor vehicle and spade off almost hitting one of the officers.

“This prompted officers to fire warning shots and consequently three suspected criminals escaped and abandoned the vehicle. A set of number plates bearing Registration number BAE 6146 ZM, were recovered. The vehicle was later discovered to have been hired out to Clement Katunga of Katungu farms in Makeni through our investigations,” he said.

He said later on December 7, 2023 around 09:00 hours, officers went to Lusaka west in Kalundu area where they found that the suspect was renting an apartment.

Mr Hamoonga said when officers approached the apartment, two suspected criminals came out and jumped over a wall fence with a lazer wire.

He explained that several warning shots were fired towards the two escaping criminals who nevertheless disappeared into a thicket in the neighboring farm.

“Unfortunately, when officers conducted a search around the thicket, one suspected criminal only known as Jack TC was found lying on the ground after he sustained bullet wounds and lazer wire respectively. He was rushed to University Teaching Hospital, but was unfortunately pronounced dead by a medical doctor,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the apartment officers recovered the following Unregistered Mark X grey in colour ,13 ladies hand bags, a set of four black mag rims wheels, with tyres, two sets of Number plates BAX 3769 and SHIKY 1, a double sticker seal tape, two pairs of ladies shoes, ÀB BANK Cash withdraw slip by IFO SABRIE KALID, a Gun case, FNB ATM bearing card number 1646, a Money tag Slip from Atlas Mara Zambezi mall and two NRCs bearing the names of Samuel Zulu and Mooba Habombe

Mr Hamoonga said also found was a driving licence for Clement Katunga ,Sherbourne lodge identity card for manager ,12 – 2023 Inclusive Sports Festival T-shirts, eight laptop bags, six Travelling bags, four suitcases and two kit bags.

“The Owner of the Ractis vehicle has identified the now deceased as the person who had in fact hired his vehicle for at least three months.

Investigations have since been instituted and a manhunt for the suspect who escaped is on,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 8th December, 2023)

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