Woman charged with incest freed


A TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD woman of Kapiri Mposhi who is alleged to have been in a secret sexual affair with her 49-year-old father for nine years and has been appearing in court for charges of incest has walked to freedom.

This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) issued instructions to enter a nolle prosequi into the matter. The woman could be turned into a State witness.

This is in a case in which Gift Mweemba was facing a charge of incest by a female.

Particulars of the offence were that between January 1, 2004 and March 1, 2013, Gift permitted Paid Mweemba, knowing that he was her biological father, to have unlawful carnal knowledge of her contrary to Section 161 (1) of the Laws of Zambia.

But when the case came up before Kabwe Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi, State prosecutor Fortune Kalima said the office of the DPP had issued instructions to discontinue the case through a nolle prosequi.

Meanwhile, in the case of Mweemba who is facing one count of incest contrary to Section 159 (1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 as amended by Act No. 15 of 2005 of the Laws of Zambia, the DPP allowed the commencement of trial.

Particulars of the offence are that Mweemba between January 1, 2004 and March 1, 2013, knowing that Gift was his biological daughter, had unlawful carnal knowledge of her.

Kabwe Magistrate Smart Mweene adjourned the matter and extended Mweemba’s bail.

Trial is scheduled for next month.

And the Kabwe High Court has sentenced a 35-year-old door bouncer of Chisamba to three years imprisonment with hard labour after he pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter.

In passing sentence, Kabwe High Court judge-in-charge Eddie Sikazwe said it was saddening that the convict who was supposed to maintain order ended up beating up a patron who had gone to drink beer at a tavern.

This is in a case in which Mathew Kasanda was jointly charged with Justine Kabamba and Mweene Mambo on one count of murder and are alleged to have beaten Herbert Chishengule between June 18 and 19, 2012.

The charge was later substituted to manslaughter but Kabamba and Mambo were acquitted after the DPP entered a nolle prosequi.

But when the case came up, the convict admitted having beaten the deceased and asked for leniency from the court through his defence lawyer.

SOURCE: Times of Zambia