— Two youths have appeared in the Itezhi Tezhi magistrates court on allegations of masterminding the theft of government and private property worth thousands of kwacha.
Itezhi Tezhi district has recently experienced a spate of thefts of government office equipment that almost paralyzed the functioning of some of the affected institutions.
Before Itezhi Tezhi magistrate Munalula Mubita was Henry Kangwa of Masemu compound and Kenny Kanyanta of Lilanda compound both aged 19 years .
The duo was arrested by Itezhi Tezhi police on 15th September and charged with three counts of breaking into buildings and committing felonies contrary to sections 303 and 272 cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
In count one, Kangwa and Kanyanta are charged with breaking into a building and committing a felony.
The allegations against them are that on 9th September the duo jointly and while acting together did break into the office of the head teacher at Uphill secondary school and store computers, monitors and accessories all valued at K11, 000, the property of government of the Republic of Zambia.
In count two, Kangwa and Kanyanta are accused of jointly and while acting together breaking into a building on 24th August this year namely Masemu Urban Clinic and stole a printer, computers and accessories all being the property of the government of the Republic of Zambia.
In the third count, the duo are alleged to have broken into a building namely a restaurant belonging to Michael Akushanga Akushanga where they stole two decoders, a television set, a microwave oven , a DVD player, a two-plate cooker and remote controls all valued at K2,582, the property of Michael Akushanga.
When the court read the charges to them, the duo said they understood all the charges and pleaded not guilty to all the three counts.
The prosecution team has summoned two witnesses to testify in the matter when trial starts next week.
Meanwhile, a 27-year-old female community school teacher at Mabomba area in Chief Kaingu’s chiefdom in Itezhi Tezhi district has pleaded not guilty to assaulting a man who she claimed wanted to sexually abuse her.
Miyanda Mooya stood charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 248 of the penal code of the Laws of Zambia.
Mooya is accused of having battered Herbert Kasoka after he allegedly attempted to sexually abuse her.
She told the court that the complainant, Kasoka wanted to take advantage of her husband’s long absence to sexually molest her at her home in Mabomba area.
When asked by the court what weapon she used to beat up Kasoka, the 27-year-old mother said she used a stick.
“Kasoka on several occasions proposed love to me but I vehemently rejected all his proposals. He wanted to take advantage of my absent husband who has been away in Kitwe looking for employment” Mooya told the court.
“I never at anytime invited Kasoka to my home at night but on the material day, he came at night and attempted to have sex with me and in order to defend myself against possible sexual abuse I beat him with a stick”, Mooya told the court.
The court has adjourned the matter to 14th October for continued hearing.