FOUR suspects among them a 23-year-old woman, accused of killing a veterinarian, have appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on charges of murder and aggravated robbery.
The quartet is identified as Kenani Jere 23, a businessman of Katondo, Lusaka; Dorris Ndumba, 23, a student of Luangwa district; Keegan Zulu, 38, a businessman of Chalala in Lusaka; and Josat Tembo, 42, a mechanic of Lusaka’s Chilenje township.
It is alleged that Jere, Ndumba, Zulu and Tembo between June 10 and 12, 2021 jointly and acting together murdered Evans Mwape Mwengwe.
The quartet is on the same date alleged to have stolen an Infinix phone valued at K5,000, a Mac book laptop valued at K23,800, two bags of maize valued at K300 and a Mercedes Benz, ML320 registration no. BAB 2838, valued at US$14,500 belonging to Mwengwe and immediately before or after stealing the said property used actual violence on the deceased in order to obtain, retain, prevent or overcome resistance of the property being retained.
The four had the charges explained to them by magistrate Felix Kaoma to which they affirmed to have understood but they could not take plea as the capital offences are triable by the High Court.
Magistrate Kaoma told the accused that they would continue appearing before him for mention awaiting instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and possible a preliminary inquiry to ascertain the elements of the alleged offences before they (accused) are committed to the High Court for trial.
He adjourned the matter to July 23, for mention.
Dr Mwengwe was reported missing on June 10 this year whilst he was travelling from Kabwe to Lusaka.
According to police deputy spokesperson Danny Mwale, preliminary inquiries revealed that the veterinarian offered a lift to Doris and her co-conspirators from Bimas in Kabwe to Lusaka but the four allegedly turned against him and attacked him when they reached six miles in Lusaka’s Kabangwe area.
Mwale said Dr Mwengwe’s body was discovered two days after he went missing, in six miles and that it was partially burnt.
Mwale further stated that Dr Mwengwe’s vehicle which went missing at the time of the incident was retrieved from Tembo’s home in Chilenje area, partially disassembled.