5 December 2012

Zambia: Chikwakwa, Brother Plead Not Guilty in Motor Vehicle Case

FORMER Mines deputy minister in the MMD government Jazzman Chikwakwa and his brother have pleaded not guilty in a Ndola magistrate's court to obtaining two motor vehicles by false pretences.

Chikwakwa, 65, of 55 Kopa Road and his brother Marodona, 27, of Petauke Road in Kansenshi residential area in Ndola appeared before acting chief resident magistrate Collins Lundah yesterday.

The former deputy minister and his brother were alleged to have obtained two Toyota Hilux ABBZ 4325 and ABZ 359 valued at K438 million from Allegra Mining Limited by falsely pretences between March 1 and September 31, last year.

He and his brother were arrested on November 30 this year.

Mr Lundah adjourned the case to a later date and extended police bond for both accused.

Meanwhile,a Kasama magistrate's court has set January 19, for ruling in a case in which Mbala Member of Parliament Mwalimu Simfukwe is facing graft charges.

Simfukwe, who is former Northern Province permanent secretary, had pleaded not guilty to fresh charges of abuse of authority of office in his first indictment on July 23, this year.

Simfukwe of Farm Number 7070 Mumbwa Road in Lusaka appeared before magistrate Kelvin Soma and is jointly charged with provincial administration senior procurement officer Elias Simukonde, 41, of number 27 Kasama Girls High School.

Particulars of the case were that between May 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011 in Kasama, the two as employees of the public service authorised a contract of delivery and installation of traffic lights.

The sole contract was allegedly split by the duo in abuse of authority of their offices which led to the public service incurring a loss of K118,492,640 an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of the country.

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