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Six die in road traffic accident after the bus they were traveling hit into a parked tipper truck, police say

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SIX people have died , while 10 others are nursing serious injuries after a Higer bus they were traveling in hit into a stationary tipper truck.

The accident happened today at around 04:30 hours along the Great North Road at Kashikishi area about 10 kilometers south of Kapiri-Mposhi town.

The driver of the bus, Chris Hamuka who is believed to be unhurt is detained in Police custody and charged with Causing Death by Dangerous Driving.

Zambia police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale who confirmed the incident said the Higer bus has on board 49 passengers of which six died, while 10 are nursing injuries.

He said the bus traveling from Kasumbalesa to Lusaka.

“Three of the deceased persons have been identified as Rabecca Bwalya aged 34, Marley Essanga aged 24 and Lazarus Kanema while the other three are yet to be identified.Those who survived with injuries have been identified as Mikobi George aged 38, Nzema Benedict Kanianga aged 22, Stella Kikeaku aged 28 all of Congo DRC and John Kamfwa aged 26 of Kalingalinga compound in Lusaka. The four are admitted to Kabwe General Hospital while Richard Sakanala aged 32 of Kabompo, Happy Malama aged 48 of Chingola and one only identified Naomi together with three others yet to be identified are admitted to Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital,” he said.

Mr Mwale said investigations indicate that the accident happened when the driver of the Higer bus registration number ALZ 3677, belonging to Abyken Bus Services of Chingola, driving from Kasumbalesa to Lusaka with 49 passengers on board, hit into a Scania Tipper Truck registration number BCB 2289 which was parked on the left side of the road.

“Due to the impact, six people, two females and four males, were pronounced dead upon arrival at Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital leaving 10 with injuries.The tipper truck had its rear part damaged while the bus is extensively damaged. The bodies of the deceased are all in Kapiri-Mposhi District Hospital mortuary awaiting formal identification and postmortem,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 18th December, 2022)

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57-year-old North-Western man allegedly kills wife’s lover

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A 57-year-old man of North-Western Province might spend the rest of his remaining years on earth in prison after being consumed by jealousy anger and betrayal which led him to kill another man.

Kennedy Liwema is alleged to have found his wife, Kakumbi Nyaketti,62 with her lover, Luka Motoho aged 65 sleeping naked in their matrimonial bed.

Acting out his anger, he started beating the victim using fists and a pounding stick and tied him using a rope.

North-Western Province commanding officer Dennis Moola said the incident occurred on February 23rd this year.

He said the case of murder was reported by the victims son.

“Facts surrounding the matter are that the accused person on February 15th, 2024 left his wife home and went to his farm in katendwa area. However, when he got back on February 23rd, between 20:00 hours and 21:00 hours, upon arrival he found his wife, Kakumbi Nyaketti aged 62 with the victim sleeping on his matrimonial bed naked in his house,” he said.

Mr Moola said the suspect then started beating the victim using fist and a pounding stick and tied him using a rope.

He explained that the victim who was unconscious was rescued and taken to the hospital by neighbours.

“However,upon arrival at the hospital , he was pronounced dead. Police rushed to the scene and on physical inspection of the body a suspected broken skull which was observed,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Sunday, 25th February, 2024)

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Zindaba Soko boss detained for disobeying court 

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FORMER Road Transport and Safety Agency chief executive officer Zindaba Soko has been detained for contempt of court after he travelled to Dubai for a job interview and missed a court session.

He missed a court session in a matter he and two others are accused of forging a passport and National Registration Card (NRC) bearing a dead person’s name.

About two weeks ago, Soko asked for permission to travel abroad but was advertised to attend court before leaving but the instruction was not obeyed.

Consequently, Lusaka magistrate Irene Wishimanga issued a bench warrant against Soko .

When the case resumed yesterday, Soko was brought to court under warrant and when asked why he missed court, he told the court that his lawyers misled him.

Soko told court that his lawyers told him that they would file a notice in court indicating his absentia when he travelled abroad.

This is in a case Soko, 45, a transport consultant of Old Lilayi Road, is jointly charged with Ibrahim Mbongo, 24, a student of Libala South, Kelvin Kisambara, a businessman, both of Tokyo Way.

They are charged with forgery, uttering false documents, being found in possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Allegations are that between January 1 and 17 this year, with intent to defraud, the accused allegedly forged NRC255428/10/1 in the names John Tembo, who was reportedly dead, according the police.

The trio is further purported to show that the NRC was genuinely issued by the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship, when infact not.

It is further alleged that Kisambara later fraudulently uttered the purportedly forged NRC to a banker at FNB bank in Chilenje.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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DJ in court after inserting manhood in four girls’ mouths

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A 25-YEAR-OLD DISC Jockey (DJ) of Kanyama Township, Lusaka, has pleaded not guilty to the offence of unnatural offences after he allegedly sexually abused four girls by inserting his manhood in the mouth of four girls whom he invited to his house.

The victims are all under the age of 16.

The suspect, Kelvin Mutale, 25, has been charged with four counts of unnatural offences, an offence contrary to section 155(a) of the Penal Code.

It is alleged that on December 24, 2023, Mutale had carnal knowledge of four girls against the order of nature.

When he appeared in court yesterday, Mutale pleaded not guilty to all the four counts before Lusaka magistrate Crispin Hampungani for plea.

The accused then applied for bail pending trial, to which the State did not object.

Magistrate Hampungani granted Mutale bail in the sum of K20,000 and the money has to be paid in cash for the accused to be released on bond.

The court also asked the accused to bring two sureties.

The case has been adjourned to March 19 for trial.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 23rd February, 2024)

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