Dog meat case fails to take off over delayed lab results

Dog meat case fails to take off over delayed lab results.

By Abawelo Zulu

THE case in which a Chipata couple is charged with common nuisance after they were allegedly found selling dog meat failed to take off on Friday because laboratory results of the samples taken were not ready.

This is a case where Ruth Mwanza, a meat seller, and her husband Charles Mwanza, a general worker, both of Munga compound, are charged with common nuisance contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that the couple on January 6 jointly and whilst acting together offered for sell dog meat purporting that it was goat meat.
When the matter came up for continued trial on Friday, public prosecutor Jeff Mwanabene informed the court that the state was not ready to proceed because it was still waiting for the laboratory results from Lusaka.

Mwanabene applied that the matter be adjourned to February 24 when the results would be ready.

And Chipata resident magistrate Boniface Mwala advised the state to ensure that the results were available at the next hearing on February 24 and that all the remaining witnesses should be presented.

In another matter, an arresting officer, detective inspector Lazarous Nsakanya, testified against Victor Zulu whom he charged with four counts of theft.

Nsakanya from Chipata Central Police Station said Zulu led him to a toilet in Mchini compound when he was investigating the matter.
Nsakanya said after further interrogations, he managed to get to Zulu’s mother’s house where he discovered five vehicle radiators believed to have been stolen from various people.

He said three of the five radiators were identified by the owners while other vehicle parts that he allegedly stole were found in the accused’s vehicle.

The witness said Zulu admitted the charge when he recorded a warn and caution statement.

But in cross-examination, Zulu denied having admitted the charge.
The matter was adjourned to February 16 for ruling.