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MORE murder cases were last year recorded by the Kabwe High Court compared to 2017, says Judge Kelvin Limbani.

And Judge Limbani said 48 criminal cases were recorded in the 2018 session with murder being the highest.

Speaking during the ceremonial opening of the Kabwe High Court criminal sessions for 2019, Judge Limbani said there had been an increase of 16 murder cases reported last year.

“More murder cases were reported last year as compared to 2017. In 2018, 81 murder cases were reported while 2017 saw 71 cases of murder,” said Mr Limbani.

He said the development needed urgent attention from all the stakeholders because life was priceless and irreplaceable.

Judge Limbani urged religious leaders, politicians, the media and every citizen to strive to preserve life by preaching and speaking against the vices that lead to loss of life.

He said more rape cases were also reported in 2018 with eight compared to five in 2017.

“Fifteen more cases of unlawful possession of protected trophy were recorded in 2018 as compared to eight in 2017,” said Judge Limbani.

He however said there had been a reduction in the number of defilement cases, causing death by dangerous driving, incest, stock theft, among others.

Judge Limbani said in 2017, 81 cases of defilement were recorded compared to 57 in 2018.

He attributed the reduction in the number of defilement cases to severe sentences that courts have been imposing on offenders.

Judge Limbani said awareness from by political, traditional, religious leaders and the media on the need to protection the girl child has also played a major role in the reduction of defilement cases.

He however said more work through awareness still needed to be done in protecting the girl child.

And Zambia correctional service central regional commander Changala Silwamba said the province as of 06 hours yesterday had 4, 673 inmates.

Mr Silwamba said there were 96 inmates at Kabwe maximum and 170 at correctional facility while Mpima, Kalonga and Mukuyu had 253, 138 and 64 inmates respectively.

“Mumbwa correctional facility had 360, Serenje 253, Mkushi 165 and Kilumba 265 bringing the total to 4,673,” said Mr Limbani.

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