Court warns con­victed head­man

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By CHARLES MUSONDA

LUSAKA Prin­ci­pal Res­i­dent Mag­is­trate David Simusamba has warned a con­victed head­man that he will is­sue a bench war­rant against him if he fails to ap­pear for his sen­tenc­ing next Wed­nes­day. This is in a case in which Mr. Simusamba has con­victed Head­man Welling­ton Habeenzu, 43, of Habeenzu vil­lage in Shibuyunji, af­ter he ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing 57-year-old Lu­cia Mweenga. Yes­ter­day was the sec­ond time Habeenzu failed to ap­pear in court af­ter his con­vic­tion last month. When the case was called, Habeenzu’s uniden­ti­fied rep­re­sen­ta­tive told Mr. Simusamba that the con­vict had a be­reave­ment and that burial was tak­ing place yes­ter­day. The court then warned that a bench war­rant will be is­sued for the head­man’s ar­rest if he fails to show up on Oc­to­ber 17, 2018. How­ever, Ms. Mweenga’s daugh­ter later in­formed pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor Noah Mwanza that as the case was go­ing on, she al­legedly spot­ted Habeenzu seated in his car out­side the court build­ing but Mr. Mwanza could not bring this in­for­ma­tion to the court’s at­ten­tion be­cause the case had al­ready been ad­journed. Par­tic­u­lars of the of­fence are that on July 1, 2018, Habeenzu, a farmer, as­saulted Ms. Mweenga af­ter ac­cus­ing her of killing his cow. Facts were that on the ma­te­rial day, the vic­tim was at her home in Mulela vil­lage when she saw Habeenzu with other peo­ple ap­proach­ing her. When he reached her, he asked Ms. Mweenga as to why she had al­legedly killed his cow and af­ter she de­nied, he started beat­ing her. “The ac­cused per­son got an­noyed and started drag­ging and beat­ing her us­ing a stick. She sus­tained a cut on her left leg, swollen shoul­der and chest pains...” the facts read in part.

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