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Zambia records an increase in the number of accidents in the third quarter of the year, as 597 people die in them

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ZAMBIA has recorded an increase in the number of road traffic accidents recorded in the third quarter of the year, in which 597 people died compared  in 2021 were 585 persons died.

In a statement, Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said during the third quarter of 2022, a total number of 8,919 road traffic accidents were recorded country wide compared to 8,059 recorded in the same period last year.

Mr Hamoonga said 502 were recorded as fatal road traffic accidents in which 597 persons were killed, compared to 469 recorded in 2021 were 585 persons were killed.

He said 919 were serious road traffic accidents in which 1,583 persons were seriously injured compared to 756 road traffic accidents recorded in 2021 out of which 1,345 persons were seriously injured.

“In the third quarter of 2022, we recorded an increase in both fatal road traffic accident recorded and persons killed by 33 and 12 respectively, on serious only road traffic accidents we also recorded an increase in both number of accidents and persons seriously injured by 143 and 128 while in slight only road traffic accidents we recorded an increase in both the number of accidents recorded and slightly injured persons by 133 and 231 respectively,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga said Lusaka Province recorded the highest number of road traffic accidents with 4,767 representing 53.4 percent followed by Copperbelt with 1,392 representing 15.6 percent while Central with 710, representing 7.9 percent.

Meanwhile, a total sum of K 14,489,842.00 was collected as Admission of Guilty fines in the third quarter of 2021 as compared to K 15,203,771.00 collected in the same period of 2022.

He said the figure shows an increase in Admission of Guilty fines by K 713,929.00.

Mr Hamoonga said most of the accidents in the third quarter of 2022 were attributed to human error such as excessive speed, misjudging clearance distance  and failing to keep to nearside, among others.

“There has been an increase in road traffic accidents recorded in the third quarter of 2022 as compared to the third quarter of 2021. The increase is attributed to low compliance levels on the part of most road users especially the motorists, motor cyclists and pedal cyclists as indicated in causes of accidents,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 13th October, 2022)

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Court hears how pupil who passed only three subjects enrolled at UNZA and later got a job

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TRIAL in a case a student is facing seven counts of forgery and uttering false documents opened yesterday with the accused’s former teacher testifying against her.

The court heard that Precious Manase, 29, only passed three subjects out of the seven she sat for during Grade 12 examinations in 2009

In the seven counts , Manase, of Meanwood Ibex is alleged to have forged a School Certificate and uttered false documents which were made in order to facilitate her enrolment as a student at the University of Zambia (UNZA).

She is further alleged to have forged Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) Joint Examination for School Certificate and General Certificate of Examination (GCE) statements of results.

Other allegations are that she purported to have a full Grade 12 certificate which was used to gain employment at Zesco as an Assistant Call Centre Agent and Assistant Customer Care Officer.

Further, she allegedly obtained pecuniary advantage in the form of salaries and allowances amounting to K429, 972.68 when she worked at Zesco.

During hearing before Lusaka Magistrate Irene Wushimanga, her former teacher at Munali Girls Secondary School narrated that Manase was a former pupil at the school.

Lamion Mbewe said after the accused, whom he taught Religious Education, wrote Grade 12 examinations in 2009, she only passed three subjects out of the seven she wrote.

She got nines or unsatisfactory in RE, mathematics, science and biology.

“English, she obtained a 6 which is a credit, maths she got a 9, unsatisfactory, Religious Education, she got a 9, unsatisfactory, science she got a 9, commerce she got a credit,” Mr Mbewe said.

He also told the court that Manase never wrote agriculture science because she missed that exam.

Meanwhile, another witness from UNZA told the court that when the accused enrolled at the institution, she produced a Grace 12 statement of results which showed that she got a seven in English, a four in RE, two in Maths and a four in Science.

The witness also told the court that Manase also produced a Grade 12 GCE from Kafue Day Secondary indicating that she got a two in English and a three in Science.

Trial continues.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 26th November, 2022)

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Alleged UPND cadres arrested for assaulting a traffic police officer.

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POLICE  have charged and arrested two suspects identified as Monday Kapobe aged 40 of Garden Compound and Trust Musonda aged 27 of Mandevu compound in Lusaka for the offence of Assault on a Police officer.

The two suspects, driver and conductor respectively, who were clad in United Party  for National Development attire are alleged to have assaulted a traffic police officer who was on duty at the junctions of Freedom way and Kalambo road in Lusaka’s Central Business District (CBD).

Police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale said the incident happened on November 24, 2022 around 09:20 hours.

He said preliminary investigations indicate that the Traffic Police officer in company of other officers were doing motorised patrols in the CBD when they observed a Toyota Haice minibus registration number ABV 2328 which was picking passengers at non designated bus stops along Freedom way.

“The bus was intercepted and impounded. along the way to the Police Station near Zambia Revenue Authority offices. The minibus driver decided to disobey the officer’s directives and drove towards Lumumba bus station.

Upon noticing that the minibus driver was going in another direction, the officer who was on board of  the impounded minibus ,managed to pull the steering wheel to the left side of the road where the vehicle eventually parked,” he said.

Mr Mwale said the driver switched off the engine and mobilised some ‘co-boys’ who started harassing the officer.

He said the Traffic officer was only rescued by his fellow Traffic officers who rushed to the scene.

Mr Mwale said the suspects are in Police Custody and will appear in court on Monday, November 28, 2022.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 25th November, 2022)

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Lusaka Provincial veterinary officer and former ZRA assistant director nabbed for alleged corruption

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Lusaka Provincial Veterinary Officer for alleged corrupt practices involving over K28,000.

Dr Patricia Bwalya, 50, of Longacres area in Lusaka has been charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office.
ACC head of communication, Timothy Moono has told Mwebantu in a statement that details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone Dr Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries allegedly abused the authority of office by irregularly charging members of the public for treating their animals despite such a service being free and her receiving a government salary to perform that service.
He said the second count, Dr Bwalya is charged with one count of Corrupt Acquisition of Public Revenue contrary to Section 34 (1) Sub (a)of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.
Details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone District Dr. Patricia Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries did corruptly acquire public revenue in the manner she irregularly charged members of the public for treating their animals despite the service being free and she collected a total sum of K28,392.50 for her own benefit, matters or transactions that concern the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, a public body,” Mr Moono said.
Meanwhile, the Commission has arrested former Zambia Revenue Authority Assistant Director for Tax Appeals for corrupt practices involving K22,000.
Mr Moono said Sonkwe Kasonkomona, 43, of Lusaka has been charged with one count of Corrupt Practices.
He said details are that on dates unknown but between 1st February 2020 and 29th February 2020 Mr Kasonkomona being an Assistant Director for Tax Appeals at Zambia Revenue Authority jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown allegedly solicited for K22,000 as gratification or reward for the facilitation of the release of a truck registration number T673 DEV/T852 CVZ belonging to Ali Raza of Akeza Investments Trading as Ali Raza Investments, a matter or transaction that concern , a public body.
“Both Dr Bwalya and Mr Kasonkomona have since been released on Bond and will appear in Court soon,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 25th November, 2022)

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