21 November 2012

Zambia: Ruth Murder - Prosecutors Await DPP Instructions

THE prosecution team in a matter in which six people are charged with the murder of 19-year-old student Ruth Mbandu says it sympathises with the delay to commit the matter to the High Court.

State prosecutor Paul Mwansa yesterday told Lusaka magistrate Betty Malupenga that the prosecutors sympathised with the suspects but that they were still waiting for instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to have their case committed to the High Court.

This is in a matter in which Ruth's uncle George Kalomo, 31, Bishop Evans Ngulube, 58, Edward Siandima, 28, Emmanuel Serenje, 23, Jordan Kapembwa, 25 and Collins Sooma 23 are charged with the murder of Ruth.

It is alleged that the six on July 13, 2012 jointly and while acting together with other unknown persons did murder Ruth.

Sooma of Mpika, who allegedly administered a lethal drug, raped and participated in the peeling-off of Ruth's facial skin before killing her on November 6, 2012 joined the suspects list as the sixth accused person.

Sooma allegedly confessed to the police of having participated in the gruesome murder that shocked the nation.

He is alleged to have also committed several rape cases and was picked up from Mpika in connection with Ruth's murder.

But when the matter came up yesterday, Mr Mwansa said the matter was scheduled for mention while waiting for instructions from the DPP.

The magistrate adjourned the matter to December 4, this year for another mention.

Ruth's naked body was discovered in the early hours of July 14, this year near her mother's home in Lusaka's Emmasdale residential area.

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