5 January 2013

Zambia: Clerics Put On Defence for 'Cheating' Disabled

TWO United Church of Zambia (UCZ) clergymen have been found with a case to answer and put on their defence by a Kasama magistrate's court for theft of K183 million by pecuniary advantage.

The K183 million belonged to a group of individuals living with disabilities in Kasama.

Kasama Principal Magistrate Obster Musukwa found Reverend David Miyambo and his co-accused Elder Hartley Mulowezi of St Paul's Congregation with a case to answer after divisional prosecutor Eric Sindandumuna closed the case.

Facts before the court are that on dates unknown but during the 2010-2011 farming season, Miyambo and Mulowezi collected the money with a promise that they would supply farming inputs to people living with disabilities in Kasama.

The duo while acting together purported to be agents of the Disabled Multi-purpose Association of Zambia which supplies farming inputs to people living with disabilities.

The two clerics , however, failed to begin their defence yesterday as Miyambo was reported to be ill.

During trial, the courtroom was packed with the victims who are demanding for justice to prevail.

Mr Musukwa adjourned the matter to January 10, 2013.

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