Plot Thickens: Sylvia Masebo’s Ex-Husband, Dick, Linked To Ruth Murder

Plot Thickens: Sylvia Masebo’s Ex-Husband, Dick, Linked To Ruth Murder

THE plot thickened in the Ruth Mbandu murder yesterday when police in Lusaka confirmed recording warn-and-caution statements from Lusaka businessman Dick Masebo and his mother Mercy Namonje. The statements were recorded from the duo at Emmasdale Police Station, according to Lusaka Province police chief Solomon Jere who declined to give further details as the probe continues.

Late Ruth Mbandu

Dr Jere said an undisclosed number of members of Mr Masebo’s family have been questioned and released. The police chief said after interrogations, “Mr Masebo and the rest of the family are free…it is not true that we detained them. We recorded warn-and-caution statements from them and they left.” Mr Masebo and his mother are expected to report back to police sometime this week as police close in on the suspects, according to Dr Jere. Dr Jere said the police, “will not rest” until all the missing pieces to the puzzle fit and individuals involved in Ruth’s murder are booked. Ruth’s murder has sucked in the most unlikely people with police recently recording a warn-and-caution statement from the dead girl’s mother, Victoria.

The former NIPA student was murdered on July 13 under unclear circumstances that has led police to arrest five people, including the deceased’s uncle and a lay preacher to help with investigations. Three of them have already been charged with murder, pending court appearance as soon as the police consolidate their case. Meanwhile, Matero member of Parliament Miles Sampa said his pledge for information leading to the arrest of people involved in the murder of Ruth remains valid. Mr Sampa said the pledge which now stands at K29.5 million will be given to an individual or group of people who will have assisted with police investigations in the murder case. He said in a separate interview in Lusaka yesterday that he is awaiting information from Dr Jere regarding the people who have so far helped police with investigations in the murder case.

“I’m just waiting for a report from the police regarding the informers,” Mr Sampa said, “I expect to receive this information this week as Dr Jere assured me that police have intensified investigations and are closing in on the puzzle.”

Conversely, Minister of Home Affairs Edgar Lungu has warned “criminal” elements that his ministry is intensifying efforts to curb any crime so that Zambia can maintain its good name as a safe international destination and safe home for citizens. “We shall not spare any criminal elements. We shall hunt them down to their lairs,” Mr Lungu said.

Dick Masebo is Ex. husband to Tourism Minister Sylva Masebo.

15 Responses to "Plot Thickens: Sylvia Masebo’s Ex-Husband, Dick, Linked To Ruth Murder"

  1. Pabwato   August 7, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Am suprised that Mr Sata appointed police officers to Commissioner of Police after retiring them and appointing them as Provincial Commissioners and I hear the Prisons Services also want to have Commissioners in provinces. My advice is prisons can have a Commissioner General , Deputy Commissioner General, two Commissioners of Prisons and the provinces to be headed by Senior Assistant Commissioners except for Luaska, Copperbelt and Central Provinces which should have Deputy Commissioners. Rank goes with people you are commanding on the ground. The prisons only has 2000 officers while the Policwe have 18,000. Why should the two be at par? This hunger for ranks in Prisons Service should come to an end.

  2. bell   August 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Its just so sad how human beens can do such a thing to its all a plained maove if u do such research of the day it happened friday the 13 when its regarded as a day of surcrifies pipo who did this must be pipo dat believe in ritual sucrifies to there thisty canibal they have to do dig deeper to this case the one who did this most have florished the thirsty for there break through

  3. sen   August 7, 2012 at 11:02 am

    guy is there enaything to politicise here we are tolking of ruth’s death.i wonder where zambian politics are taking you guys!!! but we to here the same warning statement from them baJere!

  4. sen   August 7, 2012 at 11:03 am

    guy is there enaything to politicise here we are tolking of ruth’s death.i wonder where zambian politics are taking you guys!!! but we need to hear the same warning statement from them baJere!

  5. asevu   August 7, 2012 at 11:25 am

    y do presidents fear to sign death penalties wen courts grant it?.either way,blood will be on yo shoulders, 4 killers or those president kill on behalf of the inocent the law empowers u.kill murderers.

  6. CB Dweller   August 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    How many people murdered Ruth Kanshi?

  7. Noreen   August 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    may her soul rest in peace

  8. Sando   August 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    There is nothing in this story for one to mention Sylvia’s name. The two are no longer wife and husband.
    If the mo**** Fnck is involve? arrest him.

  9. Kay Hummer   August 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    This case just reminds me of the Beatrice Mwala-Monica Chabwera case!!!typical murder case which was well planned.

  10. Researcher wa Chalo chonse   August 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm


  11. Kaesha   August 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Leave Sylvia out of this. If the ex husband was involved thats not her problem why pull her down with such a person aybe she divorced him becoz she realised he was evil. Anyway whoever touched even the air Ruth breathed must be brought to book. We cry for Justice!

  12. Bashi Tasha   August 8, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Pabwato thou misplaced comments but u hit the nail on the Head why unessecary ranks in the prisons service as for the above article its true that the mention of the Ministers Name is not neccessary why the MALICE”

  13. DR.SAM SIMATE   August 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Please arrest these chaps.

  14. gagi sweet lips   August 10, 2012 at 11:30 am

    ruth`s soul should not rest in peace until her murders are punished without mercy. may she torment them every sec coz wat they did was babaric. and when they are caught may the police peel their fingers one by one, ending with their faces, may pain kill them.

  15. nsofwa   October 23, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    he is a God of justice.