The Lusaka High Court has acquitted two suspects Collins Soma and Edward Siandima arrested in connection with the death of Ruth Mbandu, a NIPA Student.

High Court Judge Chalwe Mchenga said this is because the Zambia Police Service failed to produce enough evidence to link suspects with the offense.

He said the fact that one of the accused persons was found with the phone is not enough because he bought the phone way after the offense was committed.

The judge further said the medical report that examined the semen found on Ruth Mbandu’s body was never brought to the court.

The Judge noted with concern that even a photocopy of the report would have added value to the case.

And speaking after the judgment, NGOCC Head of communication Madube Siyauya has expressed sadness at the police’s failure to properly investigate the matter.

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  1. Very sad indeed! This is the incompetence that continues to existing in the Zambia police. Without proper investigations somehow they expect a conviction, how surely!! In fact, most of the cases these ZP prosecutors successfully prosecute are those where the suspect was intimidated/tortured and confess otherwise tough case where proper investigations are required end up in this particular. Really regrettable! The DPP must put her house in order and demand hard evidence before proceeding to trial or else they will continue being a laughing stock and causing unnecessary criticism of the honorable judges.

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    • Two potential murderers set free to roam the streets of Lusaka due to incompetence of the PFools police. They are quick to shoot at unarmed, defenseless UPND cadres but can’t do their job when called upon.

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    • Yes these two are acquitted but we know the real killer lurking somewhere in Matero and driving a JEEP. Police must get him now. The bood of Ruth is upon him!!! The Bemba killer !!! Alaponokwa!!!

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  2. I even wonder how these same Judges convict defilers based on hear-say without any forensic evidence. Just depend on Doctor saying “Hymen was broken” or what the victim tells them without even going further to ascertain as to whether accused person’s DNA was found on the victim. A lot of innocent people are in prison due to the incompetence of both the prosecutor and the presiding judge.

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  3. Ba ZP you have failed terribly in your duties these past weeks! Better we have a change in the complete Police command, the training must change, too many drunkards as well as too many corrupt police officers have made ZP a very, very unprofessional service!

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  4. Those suspects may be innocent for sure because that Judge Mchenga is the one who at one time prosecuted Paramount chief Mpezeni on defilment charges without fear when almost everyone declared instrest for fear of being fired.

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  5. surely Zambians you expect grade 12 failers to do a high level investigation??? only God will provide justice in this case.

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  6. Yes they are innocent. The real murderer is Miles Sampa. That is why when UPND lost elections he quickly tried to go back to PF. He was afraid of nothing but this same case. See how quiet he has become after being rejected by PF. He does not condemn anything wrong that PF does.

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    • Provide the police with evidence. That’s what’s lacking. Since you seem to know something, please help the soul of Ruth to get justice.

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  7. JASON NYIRENDA THIS IS A TERRIBLE ACCUSATION. EVEN BEHIND THE CLOUDS YOU CAN BE ARRESTED. BE CAREFUL. WHY DIDN’T YOU HELP THE POLICE WITH INVESTIGATION?

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  8. VERY SMALL CASES THEY SEEM TO BE EFFECTIVE. BUT SERIOUS ONES, THEY DISAPPOINT US.
    HOW CAN A ZAF OFFICER DIE IN A POLICE CELL WHEN THE DUTY OF THE POLICE IS TO SERVE LIFE.
    AWE MWANDI, LET THEM PULL UP THEIR SOCKS

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  9. Office of the DPP must be serious not wasting state time and resources. Again destroying the community at large.

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  10. The all might God of justice will judge this matter and all the people involved will pay for the blood of innocent Mbandu Ruth

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  11. But why? Was It not even reported at one time in the media that the murderers confessed to having done it and even led the police to the crime seen and further narreted how they did it….eish!

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  12. I have always wondered if such judges or lawyers are found in my loving country.

    Good to to hear that we have Judges with good analytical skills within Zambia. God bless you for the proper attention to the un balanced stories. But how do you continue the case study ? I guess the deceived family and friends would like to know the killer.

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  13. Even if there is no evidence from Zambia Police to the courts, there is evidence in heaven and pictures are there waiting for who ever did that: In Heaven no one is going to escape and nothing shall be hidden. They will produce what I may call CCTV and an Angel will rewind to see who is who. That soul is crying to God. Remember Abel and Cain in Gen 4: 8 – 13 ::::::::::: MHSRIP

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  14. LAZ should have applied to join the case as friends of the prosecutor to ensure a watertight case. Oh sorry they just join politically inclined cases.

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  15. The ‘incompetence’, is deliberate. Police show incompetence to shield the real killer provided he/she can pay.They are not that dull,just hopelessly and shamelessly corrupt. Ruth mother hired a private detective according to MUVI TV news clip,information gathered was turned over to prosecution but on ignored and deliberately played dull to acquit the two and let the killer go scot free.
    Zambia Police is Zambia Killers,money first ..

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