A 36-year-old police officer of Emmasdale Police Station has pleaded guilty to abandoning his job without official leave in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court.

In this matter, Obrey Museka, of Mtendere East was charged with desertion.

Particulars of the offence allege that between August 23, 2018 and March 28, this year, Museka being employed as a Police Constable and without official leave, deserted from such employment.

When the matter came up for plea before magistrate Faides Hamaundu, Monday, Museka who is in custody, admitted to the charge.

He told the court that he deserted work because he was allegedly sick.

At this point, magistrate Hamaundu asked whether it was justifiable for him to abscond work without notifying his employers, Museke responded in the negative.

The court then adjourned the matter to May 16, this year, for reading of written facts.

Museka allegedly absconded work since August 23, 2018 and was declared a deserter on September 20, 2018.

He was later arrested on March 28, this year in Kalikiliki Compound where he was detained for allegedly beating his landlord over non payment of rentals.

Museka was later transfered to Emmasdale police station where he was charged with desertion.

And a 27-year-old Lusaka man has appeared in court for allegedly stealing a Holy Bible from Pick and Pay.

In this matter, Roberts George is charged with theft.

It is alleged that on April 27, this year, in Lusaka, George did steal a Holy Bible valued at K149.99, property of Pick and Pay.

Meanwhile, a 28-year-old man of Chawama Compound has been dragged to court for allegedly stealing a box of tomatoes.

In this matter, Allan Banda, unemployed, is charged with theft.

It is alleged that on April 15, this year, in Lusaka, Banda stole one box of tomatoes worth K100, property of Judith Chapi.