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Witness fingers murder accused as seller of slain Doc’s tyres, rims

Witness fingers murder accused as seller of slain Doc’s tyres, rims


By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA
A witness has testified that murder accused Keegan Zulu sold him the tyres and rims of the motor vehicle which belonged to veterinary Doctor Evans Mwape Mwengwe at a total cost of K3,500.


David Tembo of Libala Township, told the Lusaka High Court yesterday that Zulu sold him the four Dunlop tyres for a total sum of K1, 700 while the four rims cost K1, 800.


This is a matter where Doris Nduba, 23, a student of Lusaka Ibex Hill area, Kenani Jere, 23, Zulu , 38 who are businessmen and Josat Tembo,42, a mechanic are alleged to have killed Dr. Mwengwe after he offered them a lift between June 10 and 12, 2021.


The four are also charged with aggravated robbery. They however denied committing the two offences.


The accused allegedly stole 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.


In his testimony before Judge Joshua Banda, Tembo said he owned a shop where he sold motor vehicle tyres.


He stated that on June 13, this year, he received a call from his friend Lulu that there was a client interested in selling him tyres and rims.
He said he immediately rushed to the shop where he found Lulu and four other men seated in the bus.


Tembo said Lulu came out of the bus and introduced him to Zulu, who apparently was the brother.


He said the three entered into negotiations which lasted for about 30 minutes.
When asked who received the K3, 500, Tembo said he gave the money to Zulu.
The witness stated that three days after the transactions had occurred, police arrived at his shop with Zulu handcuffed.


He stated that Zulu then pointed at him as the person whom he sold the tyres and rims.
When asked if Zulu was present in court? Tembo responded in the affirmative and pointed at Zulu.
Meanwhile, Ignatius Mwengwe testified that his elder brother’s body was discovered in the bushes on the Chikumbi road in Kabangwe area.


He said that during postmortem, he observed that the body had a sore on the right forehead, a shoe like string tied around his neck and his chest and back was burnt.


He also told the court that he was called to identify the motor vehicle at a house in Chilenje .
And widow Cecilia , testified that her final conversation with the husband of 24 years in marriage was through a call on June 10, 2021 at around 19:00 hours informing her that he was at a Filing station about to start off from Kabwe.

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