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News in Brief Wednesday 07/02/2018

LUSAKA magistrate Brian Simachela has adjourned the case in which Gerald Musalale, alias Seven Spirits, was supposed to open his defence in a matter he is charged with drug trafficking to February 28.

Last month, magistrate Simachela found Musalale of Chibolya compound with a case to answer on three counts of drug trafficking and placed him on his defence.

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LUSAKA High Court judge Mwape Bowa says defilement has continued to be a vexing problem in society.

During the ceremonial opening of the criminal sessions of the High Court in Chipata yesterday, judge Bowa said despite defilement attracting a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years with hard labour and an upper limit of up to life imprisonment, the cases were not reducing.

And Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo has condemned the sudden increase in GBV cases in the province.

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ZAMBIA and Angola have agreed to work together to promote technical cooperation in the control of events, posing a danger to public health.

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya said his Angolan counterpart Silvia Lutucuta on Monday, the two countries will work together to promote cooperation in areas such as the sharing of knowledge and data on disease transmission and outbreaks to support the preparation and response to transboundary epidemics.

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MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs permanent secretary for International Relations and Cooperation Chalwe Lombe says diplomats have an important role in helping government achieve certain targets in the Seventh National Development Plan.

During a meeting with diplomats at the Zambian Mission in Tokyo, Japan, Lombe said government had directed missions abroad to re-align their operations in order to promote the aspirations of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP).

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TEN men alleged to have stolen over K10 million from ECO Bank have appeared in the Lusaka High Court and pleaded not guilty.

This is in a case where Cashias Machina, Adolf Machina, Raymond Kalenga (businessmen), John Mwape (unemployed), Change Mwanga, Walusungu Soko (security guards), John Siame (driver), Pethias Ngosa, Collins Simfukwe and Chrispin Kabanga (controllers) are charged with aggravated robbery contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

The accused are alleged to have stolen K7, 580,049.90 and US$159,435.00 and 50 British Pounds totalling K10, 161, 779.70 from ECO Bank whilst armed with a firearm on April 2, 2017, but they pleaded not guilty.

The matter was adjourned to February 8 (tomorrow) for trial.

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TWO soldiers and a UPND member who were accused of  conspiring to murder special assistant to the President for politics Kaizar Zulu have pleaded not guilty to the charge in the Lusaka High Court.

Allegations are that Steven Phiri, Steven Chiba Choka, both soldiers and UPND Central Province youth chairperson Milner Mwanakampwe between July 13 and August 8, 2017, whilst acting together, conspired to kill Zulu.

The accused appeared before judge Mwamba Chanda on Monday and denied the charge.

The matter has since been adjourned to February 19 for commencement of trial.

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