The state in which two females were arrested for malicious damage to property after police detained one of them for wearing a Mini-skirt and walking past a Police Station in Lusaka has been discontinued.

In the matter, Thelma Njovu 16, and her Aunt Mirriam Mwanza aged 28 stood charged for malicious damage to property before Magistrate Sunge Chanda on Monday.

The state applied that the case be discontinued and Magistrate Chanda granted the State’s application.

“Your honor, the State is not ready to proceed in this matter and the therefore applying that the matter be discontinued under section 88 (a) of the Criminal Procedure” the State Prosecutor said.

In response, Magistrate Chanda granted the application by the State.

“In line with your application to discontinue the matter under Section 88 (a) of the Criminal Procedures, I grant it accordingly and the accused are discharged forthwith.”

And in welcoming the verdict, a jubilant NGOCC Programs Manager Chilufya Siwale called upon the police to be professional in their work and not take advantage of the vulnerable in society.

“We welcome the move to discontinue the matter because there was no case in the first place. The Police should be professional in their work and desist from abusing their power like it was very clear in this case” she said.

Thelma and her aunt, Miriam were accused of damaging two padlocks at Kamanga Police Station, belonging to the Zambia Police Service on 22 December last year whilst in detention.

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    • flag Kamboni February 12, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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      Zambian police is very useless! Women in Zambia are r a p e d by policemen in the police cell once arrested for “loitering”. Some years ago the police HQ had a room with a dirty mattress where women were r a p e d before being discharged

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    • Zambian police is very useless! Women in Zambia are sexually assaulted by policemen in the police cell once arrested for “loitering”. Some years ago the police HQ had a room with a dirty mattress where women were sexually assaulted before being discharged

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    • These girls were not protected by Sumaili, but por*no cabinet presenter is protected under her whatever…

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    • Before you arrest innocent Zambian women go and arrest Dora Siliya for wearing a micro skirt.

      I think someone at the topntold them off and that was a good and bad thing it was good because this is a waste of time and resources. It was bad because the case was going nowhere and it would have been good to see how foolish the Police would appear when the facts are brought out, probably the arresting officers were interested in the ladies and on being refused they resorted to arrest them. Our Police are a shame to themselves.

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    • Before you arrest innocent Zambian women go and arrest Dora Siliya for wearing a micro skirt.

      I think someone at the top told them off and that was a good and bad thing.. it was good because this is a waste of time and resources. It was bad because the case was going nowhere and it would have been good to see how foolish the Police would appear when the facts are brought out, probably the arresting officers were interested in the ladies and on being refused they resorted to arrest them. Our Police are a shame to themselves

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    • Before you arrest innocent Zambian women go and arrest Dora Siliya for wearing a micro skirt.

      I think someone at the topntold them off and that was a good and bad thing it was good because this is a waste of time and resources. It was bad because the case was going nowhere and it would have been good to see how f0.0.0.lish the Police would appear when the facts are brought out, probably the arresting officers were interested in the ladies and on being refused they resorted to arrest them. Our Police are a shame to themselves

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  1. Zambian police is very useless! Women in Zambia are raped by policemen in the police cell once arrested for “loitering”. Some years ago the police HQ had a room with a dirty mattress where women were raped before being discharged

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  2. I thought that Thelma Njovu 16, and her Aunt Mirriam Mwanza aged 28 should be treated as heroes for standing up to police in defence of their rights. I would also go further and nominate (or for a nonentity like me, is it propose?) them for Presidential recognition on Women’s Day, or Heroes and Unity Day, or Africa Freedom Day. Don’t know which is which ….. but I think His Excellency The President of Zambia, Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu will know what I mean and take note.

    Sorry HH, that IS The President until 2021 or beyond, and NOT you, no matter what you do in Sesheke!

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  3. But what is being explained in the story above mwebantu?
    The state in which two females were arrested for malicious damage to property after police detained one of them for wearing a Mini-skirt and walking past a Police Station in Lusaka has been discontinued
    You all seem to have understood it or did the commentators above read the article? I doubt

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  4. If their mini skirts were further shorter they’d be belts.

    Kikikikiki ,the police would’ve had more proper grounds to detain them.

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