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Zesco employee electrocuted while on duty at Chibelo substation in Lusaka, police say

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A Zesco employee has been electrocuted while on duty at Chibelo substation in Lusaka.

The deceased who has been identified as Fackson Mbewe was pronounced dead upon arrival at the University Teaching Hospitals in Lusaka.

Police assistant public relations officer Godfrey Chilabi has confirmed in a statement stating that the incident occurred yesterday January 23, 2023 around 21:30 hours.

Mr Chilabi said investigations indicate that the deceased was trying to remove tree branches which fell on electrical  cables when the incident occurred.

“The body is in UTH mortuary awaiting postmortem,” he said.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba has noted with concern the increase in Gender Based Violence cases in Mufumbwe District of North-Western Province.

Mr Chilabi said  Mr Kajoba has since called upon Police officers in Mufumbwe to intensify sensitization programmes in  the District.

“He said community leaders should be involved and take lead in sensitization programmes in order to stop the scourge.The Inspector General of Police said this today, January 24, 2023 when he addressed Police officers in Mufumbwe District,” he said.

Mr Chilabi said the IG has commended Police officers for arresting the hired  killers commonly known as Karavinas in Mufumbwe District.

“He described the arrest as a huge success on the Police as members of the communities in Mufumbwe are now freely going about their business without fear of being attacked.

Police arrested the perpetrators in 2021 and since then cases involving karavinas are unheard of in Mufumbwe District,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 24th January, 2023)

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Kitwe maid on the run after concealing birth of her child

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A 24-year-old maid of Kitwe is on the run on suspicion of concealing the birth of her child from her boyfriend.

Martin Mwamba, 32, a Community Crime Prevention Officer (CCPU) reported his girlfriend Leya Kasonde to police after he found what seemed to be a semi decomposed baby boy wrapped in a plastic bag in her twin sisters house.

Mr Mwamba is believed to have made preparations concerning the birth of the baby, but news of the birth was concealed from him.

Copperbelt Province commanding officer Peacewell Mweemba has told MWEBANTU that police had received a report of concealing birth of children which occurred on Saturday, January 28th, this year.

He said the report was made by Mr Mwamba that his girlfriend Leya who was pregnant had concealed the birth of his child.

“Brief facts are that on a date unknown in the month of April, 2022, Mr Mwamba received information from the suspect that she was pregnant and he saw the pregnancy grow up to last month and they even started preparations for the baby. On Saturday, January 28, 2023 at around 15:00 hours, he was called to the house of his girlfriend’s twin sister in Mulenga Compound and informed that Leya had developed labour pains, and he organised transport to take her to Mulenga Clinic where she was later referred to Kitwe Teaching Hospital and admitted to Chambishi Female Surgical Ward,” he said.

Mr Mweemba said the suspect was discharged from hospital on yesterday around 10:00 hours and the reporter was invited again to her twin sister’s house where they sat inside the house for a meeting.

“Mr Mwamba at the house smelt a very bad stench like that of rotten meat. He asked the habitants of the house if they were smelling the stench, and all expressed ignorance. He then became suspicious of their facial expressions and demeanor. He searched the house and found a blue plastic bucket containing a blue plastic bag smelling of rotten things. When he opened it, he found a semi decomposed baby wrapped in a chitenge material.”

“The matter was reported at the police post, and a follow up was made where officers searched the suspect’s twin sister’s house and found the dead body of a full-grown baby boy. The remains of the baby were picked and taken to Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem examination. An arrest has not been made as the suspect is at large,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd February, 2023)

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Government signs SI to stop pedestrians from wearing headsets while crossing the road.

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IN a bid to save lives and prevent injuries on roads, government has signed statutory instrument number 76 of 2022, which stops pedestrians from crossing the road while using a phone.

Further a pedestrian shall not cross a public road while wearing headphones or earphones, or talking on a mobile phone.

Minister of Transport and Logistic Frank Tayali signed the SI last year and subsequently it was published in the government gazette last month and is now in effect.

According to the SI, a person who contravenes the regulation commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units translating into K300.

“A pedestrian shall wait for the traffic lights to turn red for motor vehicles to stop, before crossing a road at a junction that is controlled by traffic lights. A driver of a vehicle shall give the right of way to a  pedestrian who is on a pedestrian crossing which is not controlled by a traffic sign, school traffic warden, road traffic inspector or a police officer.

However, a pedestrian shall not exercise a right of way without offering a driver of an oncoming vehicle a reasonable opportunity to stop the vehicle before crossing,” reads the SI.

Meanwhile, a driver of a bus shall only stop to pick up or drop passengers at a bus stop or bus station.

A person shall only board or alight a stationary bus at a parking place designated at a bus stop. A person in charge of a bus shall allow the bus to stop at a bus stop for the sole purpose of picking or dropping passengers. A person shall not stop, or cause or permit to be stopped a bus or other vehicle at a bus stop for a period exceeding three minutes.

A person who contravenes this regulation commits an offence and is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units (K300) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or both,” it states.

Further the SI states that a driver shall maintain a distance of 50 meters when following an emergency vehicle.

It states that a person who contravenes the regulation commits an offence and is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units (K300) or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or both.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 1st Februray, 2023)

 

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11-year-old dies after being hit by a car

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AN 11-year-old grade two pupil of Kapiri-Mposhi has died after being hit by a vehicle that careered off the road due to excessive speed.

Lackson Mwiinga was walking on the right side of the pedestrian lane while heading back home from school, when Frank Shanembe 28, who was driving a Toyota Hilux, lost control of his vehicle due to excessive speed and careered off the road hitting the boy who died on the spot.

Central province police commissioner David Chileshe who confirmed the sad incident said it occurred yesterday around 16:30 hours.

“An 11 year old grade two pupil identified as Lackson Mwiinga of Mafwasa area died on the spot after being hit by a Toyota Hilux Registration number BAR 3596 property of Huacheing Mining which was being driven by Mr Frank Shanembe aged 28 of Ndola’s Itawa Township. The accident happened when the driver due to excessive speed careered off the road and hit the pedestrian who was walking on the right side of the road,” he said.

Mr Chileshe said the driver has since been detained in police custody ,while the body of the deceased is lying in Kapiri-Mposhi district hospital.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 1st Februray, 2023)

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02 Feb 2023, 11:23 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

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