Pregnant patient beat up nurse-witness


The Lusaka Magistrates Court yesterday heard how a heavily pregnant woman of Lusaka’s Chazanga compound allegedly roughed up and beat up a sister-in-charge of Chazanga clinic.

Valentine Phiri 43, a security guard of Chazanga clinic told the court that he was on duty on January 6 this year when he heard some noise from the ante-natal clinic room.

Mr Phiri said when he entered the room he found the accused Elizabeth Nguni had manhandled the sister-in-charge Betty Mubili.

He said Ms Mubili was already bleeding as she had developed a deep cut on her forehead.

Mr Phiri told the court that he had difficulties to separate the two as Nguni had over-powered the sister-in-charge.

He said he tried to separate the two women with the help of another nurse who was on duty and it was at that time when he took Nguni to the counseling room so that she could calm down.

Mr Phiri said whilst in the counseling room, Ms Mubili followedthem and the accused stood up and wanted to punch the sister-in-charge again.

He testified that he failed to stop the fight between the two and he decided to report the matter to Chazanga Police Post where Nguni was detained.

And another witness who was the arresting officer of Ngwerere police post Temba Chimisha explained that on the date he reported on duty and he was allocated a docket of assault occasioning actual bodily harm which alleged that a sister-in-charge from Chazanga Clinic was beaten by Nguni.

Mr Chimisha said he went in the police cells and called Nguni to his office where he interviewed her.

He said during the interview Nguni did not give a satisfactory explanation and he made up his mind to arrest her adding that there was a medical report which was consistent with the charge.

But in her defence Nguni denied beating the nurse and said to the contrary it was Ms Mubili who beat her.

She said she was in company of other fellow expectants mothers who were discussing the tablets which made them vomit after taking them.

Nguni said as they were discussing another expectant lady went and sat on the bench where she was sitting and started complaining about Ms Mubili’s conduct towards the pregnant women.

She said when Ms Mubili overheard the conversation; he came out of her office and confronted Nguni and her friends about the gossip.

Nguni testified that she explained to Ms Mubili that the women were discussing medicine but that the sister-in-charge could not believe her hence the fight ensued.

Nguni said this after Magistrate Sylvia Munyinya put her on her defence.

Magistrate Munyinya set April 25 for judgment.

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