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Teacher murdered over Social Cash Transfer funds

Rural News Teacher murdered over Social Cash Transfer funds

A 30 year old teacher of Chifunabuli district in Luapula Province has been found dead in her house after she was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend.

And an undisclosed amount of money meant to pay Social Cash Transfer beneficiaries that the late teacher was keeping in the house has also been stolen by the suspected murderer.

The teacher identified as Anety Lutanda, is believed to have met her fate between 19.00 hours on Thursday January 14th to 06.00 hours on Friday 15th January, 2021 and is suspected to have been murdered by her boyfriend who robbed her of the said funds.

Confirming the incident in the district yesterday, Luapula Province Deputy Commissioner of Police, Davis Simwanza said the deceased was a teacher at Saashi Primary School in Chifunabuli and was the Social Cash Transfer Pay Point Manager for Saashi and Mwita communities.

Mr Simwanza said Police in the area received a phone call from the Deputy Head Teacher at the same school identified as Joseph Chola informing them of the murder of one of his member of staff.

He said Police rushed to the scene of the crime and found the deceased lying lifeless on the floor in her home with a deep cut on her forehead as she was hit with a pounding stick and her mouth and neck were tied with a chitenge material.

He said the deceased was given an undisclosed sum meant to be paid out to beneficiaries of Saashi and Mwita communities by the District Social Welfare Officer, Miss Ruth Kamanga.

Mr Simwanza said the murder occurred in her home at Teacher’s Compound and has identified the suspect as Christopher Mwelwa Chisote of Mansa District who fled the scene and is on the run.

He said police are investigating the matter and have gone flat out to ensure the suspect is brought to book and faces the law.

The body of the deceased has since been deposited to Mansa General Hospital Mortuary awaiting post mortem.

26 COMMENTS

  1. Why should social transfer funds be handled by individuals…this will be a common practice across the country.
    Govt should find the best possible system to transfer finds to beneficiaries.

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  2. But how do you give cash individual to keep in the house honestly? This is surprising don’t we have security to deliver such

  3. So is the boyfriend on the run or what is the allegation roping him into this about? The depressed state of our country is making people lower their humanity to the primordial equivalence of animals in the forest. Just preying on one another like fools over small change and petty jealousies.

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  4. Makes sad reading!! Surely there has to be a safer way of disbursing these funds to the community. No one’s life deserves to be put at such risk. May she rest in peace and may the perpetrator be apprehended in the shortest time possible.

    • Are the UPND everywhere and involved in everything? Then you should get worried this year because they are clearly the majority

  5. Here again is the recklessness of this govt on display …I mean how does this cash even end up in the Teacher’s possession..how many more people are keeping cash for other people who are un aware. This is a failed scheme simply being used as a campaign tool…millions of funds are being wasted.

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  6. Even in this age of mobile money and cheques…there are people being given hard cash to withhold for people and they are surprised when this happens…this is a pointless scheme by a govt that has clearly run out of ideas.

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  7. Wht will it take to put Zambia right? I doubt it we are going to do it peacefully. It took a civil war to begin the process of putting some countries right. I don’t understand why a government which is promoting financial literacy took this totally avoidable risk of channelling social safety net funds through a school teacher.

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  8. Tarino shut you stlnky behind. You seem desperate. Most of us post one comment and yet you see the need to post many comments in succession. You are very irritating and I don’t blame Lusaka times for moderating your rubblsh. Continue the good work my comrades at Lusaka times

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  9. An Internet troll, or simply troll in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum or chat room, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.

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  10. We have said it before, PF is either so dull and imbued with evil or corruptly so rotten and ceased to do anything sensible.

  11. Muna Dekhane – One Pilato said this years ago that Zambian leaders dont want you to prosper in fact they want to be poorer so that come election they will hand out tokens like this social cash to dupe you in thinking that you are working. Even a dog that you have been ignoring for 5 years will love you when you start giving it meals.

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  12. Why keep huge sums of money in the house when we even have mobile money. Government system need to improve.

  13. this money is meant for beneficiaries who ar less previledged and aged who cant even operate a phone and wat you are thinking abt govt has already thot about it and it failed

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