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US donates four helicopters to Zambia Air Force

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THE United States has announced a K1.6 billion to Zambia that will supply four Bell 412EP helicopters to the Zambia Air Force with three years of service, parts, and training for the helicopters.

Commander of U.S. Africa Command General Michael Langley made the announcement at the Africa Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference (ASELC), which the United States and Zambia co-hosted from September 10-13, this year.

This annual conference convened senior enlisted leaders from approximately 30 African countries to discuss mutual challenges and opportunities, including crisis response, rule of law, protecting natural resources, addressing instability, and strengthening security cooperation.
Zambia is the first African nation to host the ASELC.

During his two-day visit to Zambia, General Langley met with Zambian Minister of Defence Ambrose Lufuma to discuss strengthening the U.S.-Zambia security partnership.

He also met members of the Zambia Defence Force (ZDF) to discuss women, peace, and security efforts in the Zambian military and to learn how the ZDF has been so successful in integrating women into all ranks and career fields.

Additionally, General Langley visited a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) “Stop Gender-Based Violence” program at Munali Boys Secondary School to learn how the project is empowering boys and men to be champions against gender-based violence using the “Coaching Boys into Men” activity.

“The United States and Zambia share the goal of promoting peace and stability. We commend the Zambian military for its outstanding commitment to UN peacekeeping missions, as well as serving as a global model for integrating women into its military. The United States looks forward to partnering with Zambia to strengthen bilateral security cooperation that benefits the Zambia Defence Force, the Zambian people, and the region,” he said.

And Zambia Air Force Major General Oscar Nyoni thanked the U.S. government for the donation, noting that this grant will enable the Zambia Air Force to better support the domestic needs of Zambia, regional security, and UN peacekeeping missions abroad.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 13th September, 2023)

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The biggest-ever win on Aviator for the whole of Africa

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Lucky player at betPawa Ghana touches down with the game’s biggest win to date after riding out phone glitch

Aviator, the world’s number one crash game from award-winning developer, SPRIBE, has landed another big winner at popular betting brand betPawa Ghana won a massive $500,000 (ZK11.8 Million) – the biggest Aviator win in Africa.

This is how the action unfolded…

Fuseini, from Kumasi, Ghana, opened betPawa on his smartphone and headed straight to the game lobby to take flight with Aviator. Having set his bets at GH¢20, he launched the plane and watched as it climbed higher and higher, with the bet multiplier also getting bigger and bigger.

With Aviator, the aim of the game is to hold your nerve for as long as possible – the longer you hold out, the bigger the win multiplier gets. Of course, if the player waits too long, the plane flies away taking their accrued winnings and original stake with it.

In a twist of good fortune, his smartphone was not functional, and he couldn’t cash out for a few moments. Those few extra seconds of being airborne took the multiplier sky high, taking his total win to a life-changing ZK 11.8 Million (more than $500,000).

Not only did he hit the Highest Cash Multiplier of the Week, but his win is the largest ever recorded in Ghana since SPRIBE introduced Aviator to the market back in 2018.

To mark the occasion, betPawa treated Fuseini to a once-in-a-lifetime experience, flying the avid football fan and his family and friends to a football match in a private jet. The betting brand, which is active in eleven African countries, then held a press event where Fuseini spoke emotionally about the win and was presented with a cheque for $500,000.

Giorgi Tsutskiridze, CCO at SPRIBE, said: “Aviator is a thrilling game loved by more than 10 million players a month across the world. Not only does it provide engaging, fast-paced action on mobile and desktop, but as seen by Fuseini, it gives a superb opportunity to players to build their wealth and fortune just by playing the best crash game in the world.”

“Aviator is multi-player and social, and Fuseini can now enjoy his time at the top of the Aviator Battle Royale Leaderboard where other players can put their mettle to the test to see if they can land an even bigger multiplayer.

“It’s also great to see betPawa give Fuseini the royal treatment following his big win. This is a great branding opportunity for the operator and also helps to make even more players aware of the Aviator and why it’s the number one crash game on the planet.”

Fuseini said: “I cannot believe what is happening to me because I never imagined ever being on an aeroplane. Today, I have been flown on a very luxurious plane fit for a millionaire.”

Ntoudi Mouyelo, CCO at betPawa, added: “We are so happy for Fuseini and his incredible win on Aviator. What better way to celebrate than putting Fuseini in a real plane and flying him to watch his favourite sport, football. With his winnings in hand, he can now travel in style wherever he goes.

“Aviator really is one of the most popular games in our lobby, and we look forward to sharing more big win stories as they land.”

 

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Pastor guilty of defilement 

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THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has found a Presbytery Church pastor guilty of defiling his granddaughter aged 11.

Magistrate Mutinta Mwenya convicted Allan Muchulu yesterday and committed him to the High Court for sentencing.

In this matter Allan Muchulu, of Lusaka’s Meanwood, is charged with defilement of a child.

The defilement of the child took place  in March last year, in Meanwood.

And during trial, the girl narrated before a magistrate that the cleric had sex with her several times and would go to her bedroom in the night when she is not menstruating.

The accused pleaded not guilty and the State called several witnesses to testify against him for allegedly defiling the granddaughter of his brother-in-law.

During trial, the court heard that the victim, who is a double orphan, was being kept by Muchulu and his wife, who is the victim’s grandmother.

The court also heard that owing to alleged politics in Mrs Muchulu’s family, the pastor was allegedly implicated in the crime.

Lusaka resident magistrate Mutinta Mwenya later found Muchulu with a case to answer and placed him on defence.

In defence, Muchulu denied sexually abusing the minor, whom he described as a pathological liar.

The cleric also claimed that his wife’s relatives framed him.

“I stand here very surprised and shocked that I could have committed such a thing. I believe I have been framed because it is very juicy to hear what is happening about a pastor. As far as I know, I did not do what they are alleging I have done,” Muchulu said.

But during cross-examination by public prosecutor Malama Chisenga, Muchulu described the victim as a pathological liar.

“Are you a doctor to confirm that she is a pathological liar?” Ms Chisenga asked, as the accused said “no”.

And in her judgment, magistrate Mwenya said  Muchulu’s defence and accusation of the victim of being a liar was an afterthought.

“I find it an afterthought for the defence to tarnish the image or character of the victim that she is a liar to merely evade the wheels of justice as this could have been raised in cross examination of the prosecution witness,” she said.

The court pronounced the clergyman guilty of the offence because allegations were proved against him.

Magistrate Mwenya further ruled out possibility of false implication and that she believed the testimony of the victim, who struggled to open up as during trial as she looked sad, distressed and disturbed.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 28th November, 2023)

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Zambia Correctional Service Officer arrested for alleged murder of a bricklayer who delayed to bring him food, police say

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POLICE in Mumbwa have arrested and charged a Correctional Service Officer stationed at Kitumba Correctional Farm in Mumbwa for alleged murder of Richard Silwamba aged 42 a bricklayer at Sugarloaf Enterprise Kaindu in Mumbwa.

Clifford Chota Mubili 29 allegedly beat up the deceased after he delaying from buying his food.

Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the officer will appear in court soon.

“It is alleged that the deceased delayed to come back from buying foodstuffs after having been sent by the suspect, making him annoyed and later got a metal bar and hit the deceased on the face,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said the body of the deceased was inspected and a deep cut was seen on the upper right eyebrow.

The body has been deposited in Mumbwa District Hospital Mortuary awaiting Postmortem while the suspect is detained in Police custody and will appear in Court soon,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 27th November, 2023)

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