UNZA lecturer found guilty of fondling breasts and thighs of a female student in his office.
A 52-YEAR OLD University of Zambia (UNZA) lecturer has been found guilty of fondling the breasts and thighs of one of his students.
Austin Mbozi has now been found guilty and convicted of indecently assaulting his victim and the matter has now been taken to the High Court for mitigation and sentencing.
When the matter came up before Lusaka Senior Resident Magistrate Felix Kaoma, he found Mbozi guilty of indecent assault and committed his case to the High Court.
According to the evidence in court, on September, 28, 2020 in Lusaka, Mbozi unlawfully and indecently assaulted a female student.
According to the evidence by the victim, she told court that on the fateful day, she went back into the UNZA premises to study.
She told court that on her way, she was stopped by Mbozi who asked her where she was going.
Court heard that Mbozi informed her that he needed some urgent work typed and needed help with it and the victim agreed to help him and he told her to go to his office around 17:00 hours to sign a contract for work, which involved typing some information.
The victim recounted that when she went to Mbozi’s office, she found two tables.
“When we sat down, he started touching my neck, kissing me and then moved to touching my breasts, waist and thighs. He then started moving towards my vagina, but I moved. He then told me that he would take care of me and offered me a bundle of money ,but I refused. He told me that he would divorce his wife and that he liked me very much, and he would increase the salary if I worked well,” she said.
She further recounted to court that she then got scared and started crying after realising that the door was locked and tried to get out.
Court heard that after pleading with Mbozi and promising him that she would return the next day, she then ran out and before she could report the matter to UNZA security, she fainted and was taken to the clinic.
In his defence, the convict denied the allegations against him.
However, in ruling, magistrate Kaoma said that he was satisfied with prosecution evidence and found Mbozi guilty of indecently assaulting the victim.
“In the circumstances and by the foregoing reasons, I am satisfied the prosecution have proved their case against the accused for the offence of indecent assault as charged. I do hereby find him guilty and convict him accordingly,” he said.
He then committed him to the High Court for mitigation and sentencing.
(Mwebantu, Friday, July 15th, 2022)
Nephew arrested raping his aunt, police say
A 24-year-old woman was allegedly raped and assaulted by her 31-year-old nephew after she was from bathing.
Copperbelt province police commanding officer, Peacewell Mweemba said the incident happened when the victim 25 went into the bathroom to take a bath while wrapped in a chitenge material.
However, shortly after she came out of the bathroom, Joseph Shula allegedly pounced on her.
“The suspect then covered her mouth with his hand to avoid her shouting and went on to undress the victim and inserted his penis into her private parts,” he said.
Mr Mweemba said the victim sustained a painful vagina and general body pains.
He said Shula was immediately apprehended by members of the family and some neighbours who took him to Mushili
Police Post where the matter was reported.
Mr Mweemba said Shula will appear in court soon.
Meanwhile, a man of Chipulukusu is on the run after he allegedly defiled a 15-year-old neighbour.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
High temperatures and clear skies expected in June and July due to El Nino conditions
MINISTER of Green Economy and Environment Collins Nzovu says the country will continue experiencing high temperatures above normal for both day and night during this month and July.
The Minister however said, episodes of cooler night temperatures may be experienced for a few days over Gwembe, Ndola, Mansa, Mwinilunga, Kasempa, Kabompo, Livingstone and Mbala Districts and surrounding areas.
He said the high temperatures are attributed to the El Nino conditions being observed over the equatorial Pacific Ocean and the warmer Indian Ocean sea surface temperatures.
“Moreover, there has been an increase in the heat trapping Greenhouse Gases in the atmosphere globally. These conditions are fuelling the high temperatures being observed,” he said.
Mr Nzovu said the expected high temperatures may drive increase in energy demands for cooling and irrigation.
He said in addition, the increased water losses due to evaporation resulting from the high temperatures may affect water levels in dams and other water bodies.
Mr Nzovu further said the high temperatures may provide favourable conditions for agriculture pests as well as human and animal diseases to thrive
He said his ministry through the Meteorological Department, in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) will continue providing updates and advisories.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th June, 2023)
‘Abductors’ plead guilty
THE two men accused or abduction have pleaded guilty to five out of the over 50 abduction, aggravated assault, aggravated robbery and sexual offenses committed against against 13 young women last October.
A marshall is currently reading the rest of the charges to James Bwalya and Mathews Sikaonga who are appearing before Lusaka High Court Judge Charles Kafunda.
(THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY)
(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)