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Two truck drivers convicted for forgery, false representation and using counterfeit receipts

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THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has prosecuted two truck drivers for forgery, false representation and using counterfeit receipts.

And the authority has warned that it will prosecute anyone or businesses involved in illegal activities that lead to revenue loss.

ZRA acting corporate communications manager  Oliver Nzala says in the media statement that Jonathan Komo aged 49 a truck driver of Kabanana Compound Lusaka and Isaac Mukachwa aged 46 a truck driver of Chunga Compound Lusaka, were on Friday, 6th May, 2022 convicted by the Livingstone Subordinate Court on three counts of the offences of making false representation contrary to the Customs and Excise Act, Chapter 322 of the Laws of Zambia.

He said the two were also charged with forgery contrary to section 347 of the Penal Code, and the offence of Using Counterfeit receipts contrary to the Tolls Act,2011 of the Laws of Zambia.

“The facts of the case were that Jonathan Komo and Isaac Mukachwa both truck drivers on unknown date but between 25th April, 2022 and 1st May, 2022 at Kazungula   in the Kazungula District of the Southern Province of the Republic of Zambia, jointly and whilst acting together with intent to defraud, did make false representation to Zambia Revenue Authority that trucks had paid bridge tolls of US $ 85 each when in fact not in order to enable them cross into Zambia thereby, defrauding the Republic of Zambia a total revenue of US$170,”he said.

Mr Nzala said the bridge toll receipts were forged documents illegally made at a business centre in Kazungula with intent to defraud the State by purporting to show that the documents were genuinely issued by Zambia Revenue Authority when in fact not.

He said alert ZRA Customs officers detected that the documents were not genuine.

Mr Nzala said the drivers were convicted and sentenced to pay fines of K5,000 each and in default serve nine months simple imprisonment.

“On the charge of forgery, they were convicted and sentenced to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour suspended for 12 months on condition that the convicts do not commit a similar offence. They were also convicted and sentenced to pay fines of K5,000 each and in default nine months’ simple imprisonment for the charge of using counterfeit toll receipts,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 11th, 2022)

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One dies, six others in hospital after hitting into cattle

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AN 18-year-old man of Katima Mulilo in Western province has died while six others are nursing injuries in hospital after a vehicle they were driving hit into two cows, leaving it extensively damaged.

The cows which were being herded in the road are said to have died on the spot after the impact from the vehicle.

Western province Acting Commanding officer Fwambo Siame who confirmed the incident to Mwebantu said that police in Western province recorded a fatal Road traffic accident at Katima Mulilo bridge.

He said involved was a Toyota Sprinter  registration number AUB 1316  driven by Nyambe Nyambe aged 29 of Senanga from  East to West.

“The accident happened when the driver went and  hit into two cows which were on the road being guided. Due to the impact the driver of the vehicle  sustained cuts on head and bruises on face,” he said.

Mr Siame said the other  passengers Mwendo Brian aged 25 sustained  deep cut on fore head and general pains, Mukowa Sianga aged 24 sustained a cut on the face and general body pains, Sitali Songiso age, unknownsustained cut on the face and general body pains.

He said Edward Siasopo aged 23 general body pains, Jonathan (other names unknown) sustained head injuries and other unknown male sustained head injuries and were all adimited to Yeta Hospital.

“Unfortunately, one of the victims, Caleb Matakala aged 18  and the body was deposited in Yeta Mortuary awaiting postmortem,” he said.

Mr Siame said that the driver and one other victim have since been referred to Lewanika General Hospital in Mongu where they are receiving treatment.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25, 2022)

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Wife to late Jerabo Chile one appears in court

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WIFE to late prominent Kitwe businessman Richard Mbulu who was shot dead after a marital dispute has today appeared in the Kitwe Magistrate’s Court.

Annie Monta appeared for mention before before Chief resident magistrate Chongo Musonda.

When Magistrate Chongo explained the charge, Monta said said she understood it.

The Magistrate adjourned the matter to a later date for another mention to await instructions from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Monta could not take plea as the matter can only be heard by the High Court.

Meanwhile,  scores of residents were seen at the court premises to catch a glimpse of Monta, who was taken to court in a private motor vehicle.

In this matter, it is alleged that on Apri 30, Monta allegedly murdered her husband who was popularly known as Chile one at their home in Riverside following a marital dispute.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, May, 24th, 2022)

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Court finds a juvenile with a case to answer in matter he is accused of defiling a five year old girl

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A FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD boy of Ndola has been placed  on his defence in a case he is accused of defiling a five-year-old girl on different occasions.

In the case, the juvenile who is a grade seven pupil is facing one count of defilement of a girl under the age of sixteen.

It is alleged that on January 31, this year the juvenile defiled the five-year-old girl.

When the case came up before Ndola chief resident magistrate David Chibwili, a police officer, constable Febby Mazuba 43, from Masala police station ‘victim support unit’ told court that on the material day she received a docket of defilement where a 14-year-old boy allegedly defiled a five-year-old girl.

Ms Mazuba said that the victim sustained painful private parts.

She said after being taken to the hospital, it was confirmed that the child was defiled.

“We also went to the scene where the girl showed me the place at her home where she was allegedly defiled from,” She said.

Ms Mazuba said after investigations, the juvenile denied to have defiled the girl.

And after finding him with a case to answer, Magistrate Chibwili advised his parents to find lawyers to represent the child as the case is very serious.

“The offence is a very serious offence whether at his age or adult the minimum imprisonment of this offence is 15 years so you should make sure to find a lawyer,” Magistrate Chibwili said.

Magistrate Chibwili adjourned the case with the hope that the juvenile will find a lawyer.

“I have therefore adjourned this case to June 7 this year for defence and I have extended your bail,” Magistrate Chibwili said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, May, 24th, 2022)

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