Suspect killed female cop after car deal went sour – Police

Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo says a 23-year-old Sesheke man stabbed to death a 29-year-old female officer after she changed her mind about selling him her car.

Revealing more details on the death of the female officer in a statement, Wednesday, Katongo stated that Edward Mwanza was not Constable Caroline Chembwe’s lover as he had earlier claimed.

“Police in Western Province today exhumed the body of a female Police officer identified as Caroline Chembwe (29) who was initially reported missing and later discovered dead and buried in a shallow grave. The body has since been buried after postmortem was conducted on site as it was found in a decomposed state. Further investigations have revealed that one of the suspects identified as Edward Mwanza aged 23 was actually not an intimate friend to the victim as he initially claimed but that the two came to know each other at a time when the victim advertised to sell her motor vehicle to which the suspect had expressed interest,” Katongo stated.

“The victim is reported to have been picked from Katima Mulilo Police Post on 08th August, 2018 by the suspect Edward Mwanza who was in possession of the said motor vehicle at the time, on pretext that he pays a down payment towards the purchase of the motor vehicle. When they reached the suspects home, the victim received a phone call from another interested buyer who offered to get the vehicle at a better price which made the victim change her mind and this angered Edward Mwanza who picked a knife and stabbed the victim.”

She stated that Mwanza’s friend helped him dispose off the body and the two have been jointly charged for murder.

“He is later alleged to have locked the victim in the house and went to stay with his friends until at the time when he decided to dispose off the body with the help his co-accused Dan Njimbu after stacking it in a sack.The two have been jointly charged for Murder which is contrary 200 while Edward Mwanza has also been charged with Aggravated Robbery contrary to section 294 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia. The accused persons are detained in police custody and will appear in court soon,” she stated.

And police in Kanyama have arrested a 44-year-old man for defiling his 14-year-old step daughter.

“In another development, Police in Kayama have arrested a 44 years old male adult of Lusaka’s John Leing Compound for allegedly defiling his 14 years old step daughter. The suspect is reported to have had defiled the victim on several occasions between 1st January, 2016 and 17th August, 2018. The suspect is detained in police custody and will appear in court soon,” stated Katongo.

“In a related development, Police in Kanyama received a report of incest in which a male adult identified as Fidelis Jipupa is alleged to have had carnal knowledge of his biological daughter who is a minor. This is said to have happened on 21st August 2018 at about 05 00 hours in Makeni Villa. The suspect is currently on the run and a manhunt has been launched. A docket of incest has been opened.”

         

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