A witness broke down in the Lusaka High Court as she narrated how National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) senior State prosecutor Nsama Chipyoka was shot dead when he went to buy some coffee.
And witness Rabecca Harriet Nyone, a manager at the then Lafe resteraunt which is opposite NPA offices near Cabinet Office where Chipyoka was shot from, told court that the deceased before being hit by a bullet told her that he needed to rush back to his office before confusion escalated outside.
Chipyoka and a UPND supporter Joseph Kaunda were shot dead on December 23 last year by a police officer.
Constable Fanwell Nyundu was charged with their murder but he pleaded not guilty.
Chipyoka and Kaunda were shot on the day then opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema was summoned to appear at Police Headquarters for questioning over the Kalomo land case.
Nyone narrated that Chipyoka on the material day went to Lafe resteraunt for a cup of coffee but was shot dead by an unknown person as he was leaving the restaurant.
She testified that when she reported for work around 08:00 hours, there was a crowd near the Presidential burial site and when she inquired, she was told that there was something happening at police headquarters.
Nyone said Chipyoka went to the restaurant for coffee and after some time, the noise around Cabinet Office increased.
She said Chipyoka told her that he would be running back to his office before the situation worsened.
Nyone said while inside the restaurant, they heard gun shots from the Cabinet Office
direction and she offered to escort Chipyoka but before they could exit the door, she just saw the cup he was holding in his hand fall down and when she asked him what was wrong, he did not respond.
Nyone said within minutes, she saw Chipyoka failing down and blood oozing from ears and all over.
“He did not respond and I continued shaking him. I called one of the employees to bring water so that we could pour on him and wake him up but nothing happened,” she said.
The witness said she asked one of the restaurant staff to alert the workers at NPA about what had happened.
Nyone narrated that there was total confusion as people were running to and from while gun shots were still being heard.
Zambia Police Service records 14,569 criminal cases countrywide from July to September, 2021
THE ZAMBIA Police Service says it recorded 14,569 criminal cases countrywide during the period July to September 2021compared to 14119 cases recorded under the same period in the year 2020.
And the police say a total of 7,633 arrests were made representing an arrest rate of 52.39% as compared to 7829 arrests made in 2020 which represented 55.45%.
Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga told #Mwebantu in a statement that the number of cases reported escalated by 450 representing a 3.08% increase.
Mr Hamoonga said Lusaka province recorded the highest number of cases accounting for 26.08% followed by Copperbelt province with 14.89% of the total cases reported country wide.
He said Muchinga province recorded the lowest number of cases at 3.04%.
Mr Hamoonga added that Southern, Eastern and North-Western provinces recorded 11.82%, 10.68% and 9.27% respectively.
“Luapula province recorded 7.47% while Central recorded 6.83%. Northern recorded 5.11%, Western 4.75%,” He said.
“We recorded a reduction in the arrest rate in the third quarter of the year 2021 as compared to the year 2020,”.
He added that the total value of property stolen in the third quarter of 2021 is K87,817,906=00 as compared to K111,617,367=00 stolen under the same period in the year 2020 representing 21.32% reduction.
He further said the total value of property recovered is K14,206,552=00 compared to K11,812,723=00 recovered under the same period in the year 2020 representing 16.85% increase in property recovered.
My wife has a boyfriend, a Mr. Mubanga, Keith Mukata tells Court
KEITH Mukata has complained to the Lusaka High Court that his wife and her alleged boyfriend have been calling him a criminal.
He also stated that his wife Maricoh Roisin Hoare Mukata and her boyfriend, a Mr Mubanga, have been inciting his children and workers to turn against him.
Meanwhile, Mukata has submitted that it was impossible for him to harass Maricoh from a house where she does not live in.
Early this month, Maricoh filed for divorce on grounds that her husband denied her conjugal rights for three years.
However, Maricoh explained in her divorce petition that in 2018, she fell pregnant for Mukata after prison authorities gave her chance to have sex with him during a prison visit.
Maricoh stated that their marriage has broken down irretrievably for the reason that Mukata has behaved in such a way that she cannot be reasonably expected to continue living with him as there is no love and affection.
Maricoh has applied for an order of injunction to retrain her husband,
relatives, employees or agents from going near her home or work place until the matter is determined.
But Makata has opposed the protection order which his wife is seeking, saying it was impossible for him to harass her because she does not live in his house.
He complained that it was in fact Maricoh and her boyfriend Mubanga who have been belligerent towards him and have been calling him a criminal even to his children.
He accused Maricoh and her lover of inciting his children, workers and people in general to turn against him.
“I have since reported the petitioner and Mubanga who is her boyfriend to police for criminal defamation,” stated Mukata.
DEC arrests Lusaka man for fraudulently withdrawing over K 3 million belonging to members of staff from a named Ministry
A BUSINESSMAN of Lusaka has been arrested for fraudulently withdrawing over K3million belonging to members of staff from a named Ministry.
Shadreck Matabishi, 45 of Plot 55504 in Chalala off Shantumbu Road was arrested for theft and money laundering.
In a media statement issued to Mwebantu, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) assistant public relations officerJulie Mukumwa, said Mr Matabishi was arrested for theft of K3,533,770.51 from a named Ministry.
She alleged that Mr Matabishi fraudulently withdrew money over the counter on names of other people as beneficiaries and mostly members of staff from the named Ministry without the knowledge of the beneficiaries.
Ms Mukumwa said the suspect has been charged with theft and money laundering.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident a suspect identified as Moses Chali Lukumba, 20 of Chirundu Town has been arrested for engaging in buying and selling of foreign currency without a Bank of Zambia Licence.
She said Lukumba has also been arrested for being in possession of property namely ZMW1,950 and USD560, suspected to be proceeds of crime and for engaging in money laundering activities by way of engaging directly or indirectly into a business transaction using the proceeds of crime.
“The suspect has be charged for engaging in buying and selling of foreign currency without a Bank of Zambia Licence contrary to Section 6 (2) of the Banking and Finance Services Act No.2017 as read together with the regulation 8 of the Banking and Financial Service regulation 2003 of the Laws of Zambia, possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia and money laundering contrary to Section 7 of Act 14 of 2001 as read with Act No.44 of 2010 the Prohibitions and Prevention of Money Laundering Act,” he said.
Ms Mukumwa said the suspects have been released on police bond and will appear in court soon.