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Sylvia Masebo acquitted

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FORMER Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo has been acquitted in a case in which she is alleged to have illegally cancelled hunting concessions at the Zambia Wild Life Authority when she was Tourism Minister.

Lusaka Magistrate Ireen Wishimanga when delivering her verdict said she found that the prosecution team failed to prove the case beyond any reasonable doubt and acquitted the Former Chongwe Member of Parliament accordingly.

She said the state did not bring witnesses to prove that the offence was committed.

Magistrate Wishimanga also expressed concern that there were gaps in the evidence presented to court and had no choice but to acquit the accused person.

And speaking in an interview shortly after her acquittal, Ms Masebo has thanked her supporters who have always stood by her side when she faced what she called persecution.

In July last year, Magistrate Wishimanga found Ms Masebo with a case to answer in a matter in which she was charged with abuse of authority relating to the cancellation of wildlife hunting concessions.

She was however acquitted of one charge of abuse of authority in connection with the sacking of five Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) top officials.

In July 2015, the Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Ms. Masebo and charged her with two counts of abuse of authority of office when she served as minister of Tourism and Arts.

In the first count, it is alleged that Mrs Masebo cancelled the procurement of a tender process of the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) hunting concession.

In the second count, Ms Masebo is said to have abused her authority of office by terminating contracts of employment of some senior ZAWA officers.

In both counts, Ms Masebo is alleged to have disregarded the laid down procedures, an act against the Republic of Zambia and the people.

(Source: Lusaka Times)

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Unrepentant drug dealer to be jailed 10 years

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AN unrepentant notorious drug dealer who was in 2019 sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour for trafficking in marrijuanna has again been found guiltily of the same offense.

Since Allan Muvundo, 29, is a second offender, he will now serve a not less than 10 year jail term.

Yesterday, Lusaka Magistrate Keggan Litiya committed Muvundo to the High Court for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and three other offenses.

“Since i have no jurisdiction, i commit you to the High Court for mitigation and sentencing in respect of count one and count two[which are drug trafficking related]” magistrate Litiya said.

This is in a case the convict was facing five counts of drug trafficking, escaping from lawful custody and unlawful use of a car.

About five months ago, the accused, while armed with a pistol, fled Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) headquarters during an interrogation, leaving officers scampering in fear.

A manhunt led to the arrest of Muvundo, who later appeared before court facing five charges.

In count one, it is alleged that on December 20, 2022 in Lusaka, Muvundo trafficked in 6grammes of cannabis without lawful authority.

In count two, it has been alleged that on the same day, trafficked in narcotic drugs, 0.57grammes of cocaine, without lawful authority.

Allegations in court three are that on December 20, 2022, Muvundo used an unregistered Toyota Vitz to carry, conceal and convey psychotropic substances without lawful authority.

In count four, allegations are that on the same day, the accused conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace in a public place when fled DEC offices.

Lastly, it is alleged that on the same date, Muvundo, being a person in lawful custody at DEC officers, escaped from such custody.

During presentation of evidence, the court heard that DEC had been pursuing the accused in connection with drug trafficking.

In July last year when DEC investigators received a tip that the accused was trafficking in suspected drugs at East Park mall, the officers who went to the mall found Muvundo who immediately spade off in a Vitz which he abandoned in Kalingalinga after running out of gas.

A pistol with 26 rounds of ammunition and some suspected marijuana were found in his abandoned car.

In the same month, the daring accused went to DEC officers to claim for his impounded car but during interrogations, he challenged the investigators before evading them while armed with a pistol.

Magistrate Litiya sentenced Muvundo to nine months imprisonment in respect of counts three to five.

But for counts one and two, which attract upto 10 years in jail for a second drug trafficking offender like Muvundo, the magistrate committed him to the High Court for his sentence.

Magistrates cannot pass a sentence beyond nine years.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 27th January, 2023)

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Notorious drug dealer claims he was releases on amnesty

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A NOTORIOUS drug dealer who was yesterday found guilty of trafficking in over six grammes of cocaine and marijuana told a magistrate that he is a second offender who was released on amnesty about four years ago.

After being convicted of five counts of drug trafficking, escaping from lawful custody and unlawful use of a car, Allan Muvundo, 29, told magistrate Keggan Litiya that he is a second offender.

About five months ago, the accused, while wielding a pistol, fled Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) headquarters during an interrogation, leaving officers scampering in fear.

A manhunt led to the arrest of Muvundo, who appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Keggan Litiya last week facing five charges.

In count one, it is alleged that on December 20, 2022 in Lusaka, Muvundo trafficked in 6grammes of cannabis without lawful authority.

In count two, it has been alleged that on the same day, trafficked in narcotic drugs, 0.57grammes of cocaine, without lawful authority.

Allegations in court three are that on December 20, 2022, Muvundo used an unregistered Toyota Vitz to carry, conceal and convey psychotropic substances without lawful authority.

In count four, allegations are that on the same day, the accused conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace in a public place.

Lastly, it is alleged that on the same date, Muvundo, being a person in lawful custody at DEC officers, escaped from such custody.

Muvundo admitted all the charges and the court set yesterday as date for reading of facts and sentencing.

The court heard that DEC had been pursuing the accused in connection with drug trafficking.

One of the manhunts was in July last year when investigators received a tip that the accused was trafficking in suspected drugs at East Park mall.

DEC officers who went to the mall found Muvundo who immediately spade off in a Vitz which he abandoned in Kalingalinga after running out of gas.

A pistol with 26 rounds of ammunition and some suspected marijuana were found in his abandoned car.

In the same month, the daring accused went to DEC officers to claim for his impounded car but during interrogations, he challenged the investigators before evading them while armed with a pistol.

Asked if the facts were correct, the accused replied in the affirmative as magistrate Litiya convicted him of the charges as the prosecution team then informed the court that he is a second offender.

“I am a second offender, I was release on amnesty,” the convict said.

“We need to prove on record that he is a second offender,” a prosecutor said as the court adjourned the matter to tomorrow for presentation of the Muvundo’s previous record of conviction and his possible sentencing.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)

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London ‘Elephant’ breaks into News Diggers, steals over K4, 000

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BARELY a week after a security guard was jailed six years for breaking into Muvi Television studios where he stole electronic gadgets, another security guard has admitted breaking into another mwdia house, News Diggers, and stealing over K4, 000.

When asked why he stole the money,
London Njobvu, whose last name means Elephant, told Lusaka Magistrate Kelvin Soma that he wanted to pay rentals.

This is in a case Njobvu, 43, of Mtendere Township, is charged with breaking into a building and committing a felony.

On January 7,this year, Njobvu, with intent to steal, broke into News Diggers offices and stole K4, 750, the property of News Diggers.

When the accused appeared before magistrate Soma today, he admitted the charge.

“Yes, i broke into News Digger’s offices,” Njobvu said.

The court entered a guilty plea and adjourned the case to next week for reading of facts and sentencing.

Last week, a security guard was sentenced to six years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing electronic gadgets worth ocer K100,00 at MUVI Television.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 20th January, 2023)

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