Saturday, June 22, 2024

Zambian national faces extradition for murder, car theft

A 42-year-old Zambian national, Tonny Mulenga, is expected to be extradited to Zambia for numerous alleged offenses ranging from motor vehicle theft to murder.

Mulenga was allegedly arrested near Kasane while on his way to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zambian authorities have asked for assistance from the Botswana government in the arrest of Mulenga who is a suspect in murder and motor vehicle theft cases.

An official from Police Service said that the man they arrested is alleged to have been on the run for the past few months and, on arrest, identified himself as Kevin Mulenga.

He said Mulenga is also using two passports with different names. It is alleged that upon arrival yesterday Zambian officials identified Mulenga as the right person they were looking for, saying he was Tonny Mulenga, not Kevin Mulenga.

An official at Botswana Police Service Interpol said Mulenga is expected to appear before the Francistown magistrate Court tomorrow for extradition hearing where the court will decide on whether he should be extradited to Zambia or first face the charge of motor vehicle in Botswana.

“Mulenga will be appearing before magistrate court for the offense of motor Vehicle,” said Northern Division Headquarters Senior Superintendent Kutlwano Eanya.

He neither denied nor confirmed about extradition, saying that “the extradition is handled by the Interpol but they have not informed us of any new development”.

He confirmed that Mulenga was arrested at Ngwasha Gate between Kasane and Nata.

Eanya also said Mulenga is currently out on bail as the defense had made an application in the previous hearing for him to be given his passport.


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