POLICE Spokesperson Esther Katongo says there has been an increase in the number of fire incidences reported in 2019 with 18 cases reported in June alone.
This follows thw death of three male children aged between five years and 15 years who were burnt to death at Chichele Fishing Camp in Chief Chiwanangala in Chilubi District after a grass thatched house they were sleeping caught fire.
The incident happened on Sunday between 22: 00 hours and 04:00 hours when the father of one of the victims only identified as ‘bashi Arbiton’ aged between 50 and 55 left the fire on after smoking fish and went to sleep.
Katongo said the fire later spread and gutted the house in which the victims were sleeping and they sustained serious burns and died on the spot while the father survived the inferno with burns.
She said the father to the deceased is admitted to Chilubi District Mainland Hospital.
And Katongo has identified the deceased as Arbiton Mwansa aged 15, Allan Lishuko aged eight (08) and Lubuto aged five (05) while the bodies have been buried and graves marked.
Meanwhile, Katongo has expressed concern over the increase in reports of fire incidences during cold seasons which she said that some are reported as Arson caused as a result of negligence.
She said in June 2019 alone, 18 fire related cases had been reported of which eight (08) were reported as Arson while 10 were reported as fire incidences.
She urged members of the public to avoid leaving fire or other electrical appliances such as heaters unattended to in order to avoid loss of life and property.
Tasila Lungu drags Chitambala Mwewa of SML TV to court for Cyber bullying and libel
CHAWAMA PF member of parliament Tasila Lungu Mwansa has dragged Chitambala Mwewa of Simon Mwewa Lane TV to court for Cyber bullying and libel.
This follows a complaint filed in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court by Tasila, who is former president Edgar Lungu’s daughter.
Tasila wants Mwewa to be prosecuted for libel and cyber bullying.
In count one, Tasila alleges that Mwewa on September 15, 2021 published on his Facebook page a story entitled, “THE FORMER PRESIDENT’S DAUGHTER” in which he stated that: “Tasila Lungu is being investigated for suspicious purchase of a named bank together with all the assets worth 300 million. Everyone from Eagle one to the average councillor was stealing in a BIG way during the Patriotic Front’s iron rule. The sheer number of multiple cases involving government officials in the PF administration might derail Double H7’s goal of placing our country on a better footing. This is just the tip of the iceberg. The Patriotic Front was a criminal organisation and they are in no moral position to provide checks and balances. I propose that the party be deregistered.
In count two, Mwewa is charged with cyber bullying contrary to section 71 of the Cyber Security and Cyber Crimes Act No. 2 of 2021 of the Laws of Zambia.
Allegations are that Mwewa on September 15 this year, published defamatory matter on his Facebook page.
She stated that the words were published for purposes of launching an attack on her using the cyber space without any lawful authority or reasonable cause to do so.
Tasila stated that the words are untrue, are defamatory matter and intended to bring her name into hatred, ridicule and contempt, suggesting that she had engaged in illegal activities when the same was not true.
She stated that the words were understood to mean that she is a criminal.
“I verily believe that by reason thereof, an offence has been committed by the accused justifying the institution of proceedings by way of a complaint before this honourable court,” she said.
Tasila added that Mwewa has no justification to utter by word of mouth defamatory matter to the nation and the world at large against her.
According to an warrant of arrest, magistrate Chrispin Hampungani ordered that Mwewa be apprehended and produced in court tomorrow, October 8, 2021.
Meanwhile, Mwewa was today apprehended by chief inspector in charge of court operations George Konde at around 10:00 hours from his premises.
Mwewa will be detained in police custody until tomorrow when he will be presented before magistrate Hampungani.
One dead and 39 sick in wedding food poisoning tragedy, says Sylvia Masebo
ONE person has died and several others rushed to the hospital after drinking Munkoyo at a wedding ceremony in Nampundwe.
Maid, Kambwili appears in court for adduction of two children of Asian origin
A 28-year-old Lusaka maid and a 39-year-old man who abducted two children of Asian origin have pleaded guilty in the Magistrates’ Court.
Hellen Banda is jointly charged with businessman Chilumina Kambwili on two counts of abduction and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
Banda and Kambwili are alleged to have abducted Sundrshan Patel and Njlakshi Patel, the unmarried girls under the age of 16 out of care and protection of their parent, Kumar D. Patel having lawful care against their will.
The offence was committed on September 13, 2021.
The two accused also stole a motor vehicle, a Toyota Allion registration number BAG 5479, valued at K110,000, the property of Patel.
They appeared before chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalichi and pleaded guilty.
Banda admitted that she took the children who are not her relatives.
She said she used to work at their parent’s house.
Banda had a tough time responding to a question on where she took the children but after being pressed for an answer, she said she took them to Kabanana compound in Lusaka where she stays.
She explained that she was fired from work for being absent and so she decided to take the children to her place.
And Kambwili admitted taking the children from their parents home without authority from the parents
He said the parents were not paying him his salary and so he took the children.
Asked whether he knew that it was an offence, he responded in affirmative.
The matter was adjourned to September 28 for facts and sentencing.
According to a police statement,
the abducted children were found in Lusaka’s Kabanana Compound in a rented house believed to have been occupied on Monday, 13th September, 2021, the day the children were reported missing.
More information will be availed at an appropriate time,” stated police spokesperson Esther Katongo.