Mongu man,22 sentenced to death for murdering a police officer


THE High Court sitting in Mongu has sentenced a 22- year-old man of Mongu to death for murdering a police officer.
Nyambe Namushi killed inspector Philip Samutela of Mongu Police Camp in March this year.
He was jointly charged with Saviour Nawa, 19, who has since been acquitted.

Particulars of the offence are that on March 1, 2015, Simutala and Nawa jointly and whilst acting together with unknown people stabbed inspector Samutela, who later died at Lewanika General Hospital.
Namushi and Nawa were also facing charges of aggravated robbery.


The court heard that on March 1, 2015 the two jointly and whilst acting together stole one Hp laptop computer and a television set valued at K4,000, the property of inspector Samutela.
Mr Justice Mubanga Kondolo said he was pardoning Nawa as the State had failed to establish a case against him.
“For the other accused person, I find him guilty. This was a brutal murder and I therefore sentence you to death by hanging until you are pronounced dead,” he said.
Meanwhile, Nawa who walked to his freedom said he feels relieved.
He said he will seek refuge in church as his family has allegedly ‘rebuked’ him.
“My family has deserted me and everyone in the neighborhood sees me as a thief. I will just go to church to start a new life,” he said
And two toddlers of the same family have been burnt to death in the house they were sleeping in Senanga.
Kufekisa Mukubela, seven, and Situmbeko Mukubela, 5, died on Wednesday around 06:00 hours after the house they were sleeping in caught fire.
Western Province commissioner of police Charles Lungu said here yesterday that the fire is believed to have spread from a brazier left unattended to by their mother.
The bodies of the children were expected to be buried yesterday.
Mr Lungu said police do not suspect any foul play.
And in another development, a 26-year-old man of Limulunga district has allegedly been murdered over a land dispute.
Mr Lungu said Namucana Sikasi was allegedly beaten to death on Monday by Lubinda Kwala, Subulwa Sikubulya and Friday Kakubulya after he confronted them over a piece of land they were clearing.