Fist-happy cop pleads not guilty

THE teacher who allegedly beat up the Roma Girls Secondary School deputy head teacher has pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault.

Dazwell Sichilongo, 55, of Roma Girls Teachers’ Compound denied the charge after he appeared before Magistrate Aridah Chulu for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He told Magistrate Chulu that he understood the charge which was read out to him but denied beating Emma Chakupalesa.

Last week, Sichilongo was arrested by the Police in Lusaka for allegedly beating up his head teacher for locking up his house for failing to pay rentals.

Lusaka Province Police chief Lemmy Kajoba confirmed the arrest of Sichilongo, a science teacher who was charged with assault.

Mr Sichilongo on Saturday beat up Catholic nun, Chakupalesa,  in full view of a Muvi Television crew after the sister locked up houses of teachers who were defaulting on paying rentals.

The Catholic Church owns houses at the school and teachers pay rentals at a subsidized fee of K300 per month, but some teachers including Mr Sichilongo had allegedly been defaulting.

This prompted Sr Chakupalesa to lock up the houses of defaulting teachers in a bid to force them pay rentals.

But her move angered Mr Sichilongo who rained blows on his superior and said he was ready to face any arrests.

Mr Sichilongo who handed himself to the Police was detained and arrested at Chelston Police Station.

He was granted bail in the sum of K1000 and two working sureties in the sum of K 2000 in their own recognitions.

The matter continues on August 25, for commencement of trial.