SUPERSTAR rapper Bomb$hell Grenade and award-winning model Mercy Mukwiza are dropping a hot collaboration – the two are starring in an edgy new reality show, Royal Qlique, premiering on Zambezi Magic.
Rounding off the show’s cast are celebrity fitness instructor Xarah and rapper-slash-model Ivanka Bianca. The series will air every Sunday at 20h00, starting on 4 September.
Executive produced by Raydo, Royal Qlique takes viewers behind the glitz, glamour and scandal of living in the Zambian public eye as a fierce young woman today. Who are the divas behind the headlines, and how do their friendships with each other ground, grow and sometimes agitate them?
With a diverse mix of personalities, big dreams and bigger bags in tow, the dynamic drama of Royal Qlique will certainly spice up your Sunday nights.
Bringing a different kind of drama is fan favourite Ubuntu, which returns for a fourth season on 26 September, and will air every Monday to Wednesday at 21h30.
Set to be its most riveting season yet, we see Queen Thandiwena (played by Chichi Daisy Lusumpa) – who has fought off many threats before – take on the most dangerous one yet.
An elusive and manipulative serial killer is on the hunt, terrorising the kingdom: abducting and killing women, and leaving similar clue-like objects at every crime scene. Soon, fear encrypts into the hearts and minds of the queen and her people – especially as it quickly becomes clear that the killer is among them.
Meanwhile, the sacred forests of Ubuntu are now vulnerable, at the hands of a selfish and ruthless politician. Will the kingdom restore order and preserve its legacy? More importantly, will anyone still be alive to ensure this, or will the serial killer be stopped before they cause irreversible damage?
There’s only one way to find out – tune in to Ubuntu for its highly-anticipated season 4.
This is what Channel head Mosibudi Pheeha says about the exciting new content slate on Zambezi Magic: “While we are the home of premium, proudly local entertainment, we are not resting on our laurels – that’s why we’re excited to present an exciting new reality show, Royal Qlique, to our audience. The reality format is one audiences are leaning more towards, and we’re proud to not only keep up with our viewers’ tastes, but to be the go-to place for the best content.”
She concludes: “With the return of Ubuntu, we are cementing our reputation for giving viewers what they love. We are committed to working with the best local talent – both in front of the camera and behind it – in order to keep our audience satisfied.”
Pharmacist in K100,000 theft case
A PHARMACIST is in court over theft of more than K100, 000 and hundreds of dollars cash.
Evans Bwalya, 35, of Avondale is facing 10 counts of theft by servant.
Allegations are that on February 20, 2020, Bwalya, being employed by Chirundu Pharmacy Limited as executive director, stole K7, 974 cash, the property of his employer.
In the second count, it is alleged that on May 4, the same year, the accused stole K15, 454.
It is alleged in the third count that on May 8, 2020, Bwalya again stole K20, 541 cash.
In the fourth count, it is alleged that on May 19 the same year, Bwalya stole K6, 240 belonging to his employer.
In count five, it is alleged that on July 17 this year, the accused stole K 51,943 from his employer.
It is alleged in the sixth count that six days later, the accuse stole stole K 8, 800 cash from his employer.
In count seven, it is alleged that five days later he again stole US$105. 20.
Further allegations in the eighth count are that on September 16, 2020, the accused stole K 4, 585 cash.
In the ninth count, it is alleged that on September 28, 2020, Bwalya stole K 538. 30.
In the last count, he is accused of stealing US$562.40 cash on October 14.
When the case came up yesterday before Lusaka magistrate Idah Phiri, the accused pleaded not guilty and trial will start on January 11.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022
Jordan Simwizye, 24, a 4th year medical student at CBU, commits suicide over his alleged inability to pay his debt
A 24-year-old fourth year medical student from Copperbelt University (CBU) on the Copperbelt has committed suicide by hanging himself on a tree.
Jordan Simwizye whose body was found almost in a decomposed state is suspected to have taken his life due owing a lot of people money.
Copperbelt commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba who confirmed the incident said that the matter is believed to have occurred on Saturday when the deceased went missing according to his aunt.
“Brief Facts of the matter are that the reporter, being a security guard who found the body was in a company of his friends and as they were doing some patrols around Copperbelt University premises here in Ndola and it so happened that they came across a dead body of a male person hanging on the tree. The matter was later reported to Police who in turn visited the scene and confirmed the incident the deceased hanged himself using a rope,” he said.
He said after inspecting the body which was a bit decomposed, a phone was found on the deceased and the same was used to communicate with the relatives to the deceased and the deceased was later identified by his aunt Adess Mwewa of Lubuto township in Ndola.
“According to the identifier (Aunt to the deceased) the deceased went missing on Saturday around 15:00hours. Reasons for committing suicide is not known as no document/note was found on the deceased body which contained any reasons for his action however, the aunt to the deceased strongly suspects that her nephew (deceased) decided to take his life because of credits he had of different people,” he said.
Mr Mweemba added that the body of the deceased has since been deposited at Ndola Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting possible postmortem and burial.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022
Zambia records an increase in GBV cases, police say
MORE than 8,000 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) have been recorded this year as compared to the about 4,000 cases reported in the third quarter of the year last year, Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba has bemoaned.
He said last year reports of criminal stood at around 6,303 cases, while the non-criminal stood at around 2,487 cases as compared to last year where 4,042 criminal cases of GBV were reported while 900 were non-criminal.
He has since called on police officers who he described as the first respondents in such matters to ensure that such complaints by both female and male victims are taken seriously.
Mr Kajoba was speaking during the launch of the 13th Basadi Operation which was done simultaneously with other SARPCCO member States.
“It is sad that the country continues to record the rising cases of GBV reports in the country as evidenced by the 2022 Third Quarter report in which 8,790 reports comprising 6,303 criminal and 2,487 non-criminal reports were recorded countrywide as compared to 4,042 criminal and 900 non-criminal reports recorded during the Third Quarter of 2021,” he said.
He said the need to collect gender disaggregated data that is accurate , timely and is crucial to ensuring gender sensitive responses for victims of GBV.
Mr Kajoba called on Police officers who he described as first responders to ensure that GBV complaints made by women and men are taken seriously and that all victims receive appropriate support at the Front Desk as they navigate the often complex justice system.
“It is important that there should be clear unbiased communication between the victim and Police officers.Reporting GBV cases can be extremely upsetting for victims. It takes a lot of courage to make the initial decision to report a GBV complaint,” he said.
Mr Kajoba further called on Police officers and all stakeholders to enhance anti GBV sensitization programmes through all available avenues.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 6th December, 2022)