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Petersen, Bob Nkosha offer Owas support

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
JAILED award-winning actor Owas Ray Mwape, who received a visit from the Zambia Association of Musicians (ZAM) on Christmas Day, has continued getting sympathy from fellow artistes with the latest being comedian Bob Nkosha and musician Petersen Zagaze.
Last week, Bob, who is now resident in Kalulushi on the Copperbelt, visited Owas at Kamwala Remand Prison in Lusaka and reported that the consummate filmmaker is in fantastic shape.
“I went to Kamwala [Remand] Prison last Sunday to see my good friend Owas Mwape, he is in fantastic shape and promises all his fans some great stuff to come as soon as he comes out. Wishing him all the best,” Bob posted on his Facebook page.
And Petersen says he will not distance himself from Owas or General Kanene because he believes “a brother in need is a brother indeed”.
He says: “The only time your friends or relatives need you most is when they’re having tribulations, trials or when they hit the rocky bottom.
“So just because you think otherwise about Owas Mwape and General Kanene, doesn’t mean I will distant myself from them during this time. I am with them in this.”
Owas was sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour for forgery and uttering false documents. He was alleged to have forged his wife’s signature and uttered a false document in relation to a vehicle, which he later put in his names.
Principal resident magistrate Obbister Musukwa, in his judgment, said he was convinced that Owas forged the signature of his ex-wife and musician Saboi Imboela and changed ownership of the Nissan Elgrand vehicle, which she purchased during her studies in Sweden.
Owas, born in 1974 in Ndola, is an actor, director, producer and scriptwriter. He has acted in films like The Lawyer, Suwi, Mwansa the Great, Kabanana and produced movies such as Dear Nana, which features well-known Nigerian actresses Mercy Johnson and Genevieve Nnanji.
His most recent movies are A Beautiful Mind, Chenda and the Minister’s House. Chenda, which premiered last month at Freshview Cinemas in Lusaka, stars award-winning Malawian actor Flora Suya, Mingeli Palata with a shanty town girl named Sabina (Dambisa Lunda).

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