BY MAKOKWA CLARA MUYENDEKWA
A CLIENT of CBO Savings and Credit Cooperative in Choma has dragged two men for assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to section 248 of the penal code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Ginwell Yooma and George Makuni on October 20, 2021 at Choma District jointly and whilst acting together did assault one Choolwe Mazunda, thereby occasioning her actual bodily harm.
Choolwe Mazunda, who is the complainant in the Matter, told the court that she went to get her money at the CBO Savings and Credit Cooperative Choma Office around 10:00hours on 20 October 2021.
“I then waited there and was not given the money until around 17:00 hours when the security guard looked me up in the office because I refused to leave without my money,” Mrs Mazunda said.
She said Mr Yooma then came to the office around 20 to 21 hours and told her the money was not readily available and asked her to leave.
Mrs Mazunda the narrated that her arm was twisted and was beaten by the accused persons as she did not want to leave.
“Mr Yooma then dragged me outside and threw a K50 at me saying it was for my transport fare as it had gotten late.” Said Mrs Yooma.
She said she then called her husband who escorted her to the police and then to the hospital where they were issued with a medical report and presented it to court. The second witness Mapulanga Kalima who is the husband to the complainant, told the court that he went to meet up his wife after he was called that she had been assaulted and told court that he found his wife with a swollen shoulder and bruised forehead.
He said it was then that he escorted the complainant to the hospital and police.
And Detective Aubrey Sianzalu of Choma Police testified as the third witness and said he conducted interviews after the complainant reported being assaulted.
He told the court that he interviewed the complainant and summoned the suspects who denied assaulting the complainant and then arrested the suspects. Senior Resident Magistrate Peter Mungala found the accused persons with a case to answer saying there was enough evidence in the case.
He then adjourned the Matter to 23 November for commencement of defense.