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VET DOC SUSPECTED KILLERS FREED, RE-ARRESTED

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

THE four suspects in the murder of Doctor Evans Mwape Mwengwe were yesterday rearrested, few minutes after the State entered a nolle prosequi in the matter.

Doris Nduba, 23, a student of Lusaka’s Ibex Hill area, Kenani Jere, 23, Keegan Zulu, 38 who are businessmen and Josat Tembo, 42, a mechanic, are alleged to have murdered Dr Mwengwe between June 10 and 12 in Lusaka. The quartet is also charged with aggravated robbery.

The accused alleged to have stolen the victim’s Mercedes Benz, ML320 registration No. BAB 2838 valued at USD14, 500, Infinix phone worth K5,000, Macbook laptop valued at K23,800, and two bags of maize worth K300.

During trial, Tembo and Zulu were positively identified by the witness as the duo that dismantled the Mercedes Benz. Zulu was also identified as the person who sold another witness the tyres and rims of the vehicle in question at a total cost of K3,500.

But when the matter came up for continued trial before Judge Joshua Banda yesterday, the State informed the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions had entered a nolle prosequi. “ Following the nolle prosequi that has been entered by the DPP, I hereby discharge all the four accused persons. However, I warn the accused persons that a discharge is not an acquittal, you can be rearrested,” he said.

And true to the Judge’s warning, the four were rearrested few minutes after and taken to Lusaka Remand Prison. Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said he was yet to receive information about the re-arrest of the accused persons.

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