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Teacher was wrong to film and post onion-stealing boy on social media, police have said

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THE woman who took a video of a juvenile who allegedly stole onions from a school and later posted it on social media was wrong, Police spokesperson Esther Katongo has said

Mrs Katongo said the law requires that juvenile offenders in criminal matters are protected.

She said juveniles are deemed to still have room to change and have a future to live hence acts done in their childhood should not be printed on their faces permanently.

“The Madam in that video involving a child alleged to have stolen Onion was wrong to take a video of a juvenile and post it on social media and now trending.

The laws require protection of juvenile offenders in criminal matters and that is the reason why particulars of a child is not to be revealed. Similarly, Courts of law  also conduct proceedings involving juveniles in Camera and all this is with a view of protecting a juvenile,” she said

Mr Katongo further said people using the video in songs or other videos should ensure that they blur the face or picture of the child or not show the face at all.

“Let us all protect children.A lot has happened to everyone of us in our childhood, bambi mwaleiba mango yabene, ama guava, mulberries, sugar , pencil. That child shouldn’t be demonised.

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Never again should any Zambian be subjected to such a traumatic experience, as NCOCC calls on police to thoroughly investigate the abduction of Pamela Chisumpa and the other young ladies

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THE Non-Governmental Gender Organization’s Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has appealed to the security wings to ensure that they investigate the abduction of Pamela and the 12 other young women and bring to book all those involved.

NGOCC executive director Anne Anamela said the episode has exposed the security situation in the country, adding that Police and other security agencies have the responsibility to secure all Zambians.

“NGOCC is pleased to learn that Pamela Chisumpa and12 others that had been abducted have finally been rescued from the captors who have been holding them hostage. As a women’s movement we would like to commend and thank the alert neighbours who acted swiftly to help the young women escape from the captors,” Ms Anamela said.

She however said the women movement is concerned with the physiological and emotional stress that the young women are going through.

Ms Anamela said the victims must undergo medical examinations which should be a combination of medical, psychosocial support and nutritional care.

“We can only imagine the trauma that these young women suffered at the hands of their abductors as evidenced by reports of mistreatment and starvation they were subjected to. It is clear from the circumstances that the young women suffered various forms of abuse by those criminals that held them hostage. We therefore also demand that the young women undergo thorough medical examinations,” she said.

Ms Anamela said the young women will also require support towards legal representation to ensure that justice is meted on their abductors.

She said NGOCC will actively coordinate a holistic response towards care for the young women to assist their physical, psychological and social recovery from the traumatic experience.

“We call upon the nation to support the healing of the young women. At this point what these young women require is love and emotional support,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 4th October, 2022)

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Zambian Businessman based in South Africa stabbed to death by unknown people

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A 34-year-old Zambian Businessman based in South Africa has been stabbed to death in unexplained circumstances in Pretoria.

Goodson Chomba was a businessman who owned, among other businesses, a driving school in South Africa.

Zambia High Commission First Secretary press based in Pretoria Tamara Nyirenda said Mr Chomba, the now deceased is said to have been stabbed several times by unknown people.

She said he was later rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

“Mother to the deceased, Anna Chama, confirmed the matter to the Zambia High Commission in Pretoria and investigations have since been instituted after the matter was reported to Police in Port Elizabeth,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 4th October, 2022)

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Alleged abductors of Pamela Chisumpa and 12 others arrested in Kaoma, Western province, police say

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TWO most wanted suspects in the case in which a mobile money booth operator Pamela Chisumpa and 12 others were abducted and being held captive in a house in Lusaka’s Chalala area have been arrested.

The suspects Mathews Sikaonga and James Mulenga both aged 22-years old were apprehended today in the early hours of 02:00 hours in Kaoma of Western Province.

Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the two were apprehended after a tip off from members of the public.

“Two of the suspects wanted in the case where thirteen ladies were held captive in a house in Chalala of Lusaka have been apprehended today the October 4th, 2022 at 02:36 hours in TBZ of Kaoma after a tip-off from members of the public. The two suspects are Mathews Sikaonga and James Mulenga Bwalya both aged 22 of Chalala area in Lusaka. Police investigations are on-going,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 4th October, 2022)

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05 Oct 2022, 12:12 PM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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