LEWIS Chisanga Mosho, a Lusaka lawyer who was apprehended by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) last week, yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate's Court on charges of theft by agent and money laundering involving over K1.5 billion.
Mosho, 42, of 50L Kudu Road, Kabulonga, first appeared before Magistrate Prince Mwiinga who recused himself from the matter and referred it back to Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda where plea was taken.
The accused pleaded not guilty to all eight counts of theft by agent and four counts of money laundering.
Mr Banda has since granted the accused person cash bail of K50 million with two working sureties in their own recognisance.
Mosho's lawyer Kelvin Bwalya of KBF and Partners had a tough time restraining the accused's relatives who were blocking journalists from taking pictures.
Particulars allege that Mosho on August 23, 2005 being a resident director and transfer agent for Shoprite Holdings Limited stole K69, 630, 000 from Lewis Nathan Advocates clients' account domiciled at Stanbic Bank.
In count two, he is accused of stealing K99 million on April 21, 2010 on clients' account domiciled at Barclays Bank Zambia.
On the same date, Mosho in count three allegedly stole another K99 million on cheque number 000214 from Lewis Nathan Advocates clients' account 017/1102170 domiciled at Barclays Bank.
In count four and five, Mosho allegedly stole K99 million on cheque number 000214 and another K53 million on cheque number 000215 from Lewis Nathan Advocates clients' account domiciled at Barclays Bank.
In count six of the same offence on April 2011, he allegedly stole K50 million while count seven alleges that on the same date he stole another K50 million and in the last count he allegedly did steal K722, 400, 000.
The matter has since been adjourned to November 30 this year for commencement of trial.