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Step mum accuses teacher of whipping her son

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THE Zambia Army officer’s wife accused of assaulting her four-year of stepson now claims that a teacher is the one who used to beat her juvenile and not herself.

Longwe Ngosa, 30, told a magistrate that the child informed her on different occasions that teacher Naomi Chisola whipped her for soiling in his school uniform.

Ms Ngosa said the child even told her that he nolonger wants to go to school because of the alleged beatings by the teacher.

This is in a case Ngosa of Lusaka’s Apollo Military Camp is charged with assault on a child which alleged happened between April 1 and July 31, 2023.

She allegedly assaulted the victim we shall call as IB, and occasioned him actual bodily harm.

The incident came to light through social media when a video went viral on Facebook in which IB was filmed narrating to Ms Chisola how his mother had been beating him and caused him an injury on a finger could be seen bandaged.

Ms Ngosa pleaded not guilty to the charge before Lusaka magistrate Mutinta Mwenya but she was recently found with a case to answer and place on her defence.

Opening defence yesterday, the accused told the court that she has two sons aged 13 and four and that she usually remains with them because their father is usually away for work.

Ms Ngosa testified that in June 2023, her four-year-old son fell from the table and hurt himself on the cheek.

She said this happened after IB climbed on the couch and was jumping before falling on the mug cup which broke and led to the cut on his cheek.

In the same month of June, Ms Ngosa said she enrolled IB in school and informed management there about IB’s health condition.

“I told them that he had an injury on his right leg since February 2022 when he fell from the stairs,” Ngosa said.

She said her son reported for school on June 13, 2023 and that on a Thursday, the same week, IB informed her that his teacher beat him for defecating in his pants.

“After he knocked off from school, he told me that his teacher had beat him for doing pupu in his uniform

“I asked him why did you do pupu in your uniform when you don’t do pupu at home? He told me he was scared. I asked why he was scared but he did not respond,” Ms Ngosa said.

The following day, she approached Ms Chisola at the school bus pickup point to confront her about the beating of her son.

“She never gave me a concrete explanation but apologized and said it will never happen again”.

Ms Ngosa said in the first week on July, IB again informed her that Ms Chisola whipped her again.

“Because of my health condition, I was unable to go to the school to ask why the child was being beaten,” she said.

The accused said towards the end of July, the child again informed her that he no longer wants to go to school anymore.

“I asked him why and he said his teacher whipped him again. I asked what he did, he said he did pupu in his uniform again and the teacher whipped him.

“His father phoned me while I was talking to IB and I explained everything. My husband asked me to make a video of our son explaining the issue of being beaten at school.

“I made the video where my son was saying that the teacher had whipped him with a whip”.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 8th 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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State to grab Charity Katanga’s buses

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THE Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Gilbert Phiri has applied to have the 10 Higer buses worth K26million belonging to imprisoned former Deputy Inspector General of Police Charity Katanga forfeited to the State.

Further, the DPP wants forfeiture of K1.5million which is in the account for Chibeka Express Limited, the company which was operating the 10 Higer buses deemed to be proceeds of crime.

In a notice of motion filed by the DPP before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court, the DPP says the properties should be seized because they are tainted.

The lawsuit comes after the Magistrate’s Court jailed Ms Katanga, Monday, after being found guilty of possession of the 10 buses deemed to be proceeds of crime, is the interested party.

In the DPPs documents, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC),
chief investigations officer Ewdin Mwanza submits that Ms Katanga Monday, February, 19, Ms Katanga was tried and convicted of the offence of possession of suspected proceeds of crime.

Mr Mwanza submits that court record will show that the former senior police officer’s conviction is based on her being found in possession of 10 higer buses whose registration numbers are; BAF 5118 ZM, BAF 5119 ZM, BAG 8558 ZM, BAG 8559 ZM, BAG 8733 ZM, BAJ 2476 ZM, BAJ 2590 ZM, BAJ 2919 ZM, BAV 2931, BAL 9126 ZM, all worth K26,282,770.

Mr Mwanza submits that the record will show that I also seized K1,55,005.15 in Chibeka Express Limited account number 9130000699156 Stanbic bank Ndola main branch which received these funds from the operations of the 10 higer buses found by this honourable court to be proceeds of crime.

He adds that the matter is a proper one in which the court can order that the buses and money in the account be forfeited to the State for being proceeds of crime.

The State prays that this court orders that the properties be forfeited to the State and paid into the government’s consolidated fund held at Central Bank.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 22nd February, 2024

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