FORMER Deputy Minister Moses Muteteka has appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to eight counts of abuse of authority of office and theft.
Muteteka, 41, who is MMD Member of Parliament (MP) for Chisamba appeared before Lusaka Magistrate Fides Hamaundu yesterday.
Between January 1 and December 1, 2010, Muteteka as MP and deputy minister did allegedly abuse authority of his office by giving a hammer mill he obtained from Government to his sister Eldah Mulongwe.
This act was allegedly arbitrary and prejudicial to the interest of the Zambian Government.
In the second count, it is alleged that Muteteka on January 1, 2011 and December 1, 2011 gave a hammer mill to his sister Rosemary while in count three he allegedly gave a hammer mill belonging to Chibombo District council to Daniel Lyatumba, his grandfather of Kapiri Mposhi District.
In the fourth count, the former deputy minister is alleged to have given a hammer mill belonging to the council to his nephew Isaac Paso of Kanakantapa area in Chongwe District.
Muteteka between January 1, 2011 and December 1, 2011 in the fifth count did steal another hammer mill valued at KR21,000.00 from Chibombo District council.
In counts six and seven on the same dates, he allegedly gave a hammer mill to Terry Milambo and another one to his nephew Fallace Chitito both of Chibombo.
Muteteka in count eight is accused of procuring 26 bicycles, two solar panels, a solar inverter, a solar regulator and a Solar battery without following laid down tender procedures between January 1, 2011 and August 31, 2011.
In the last count, he allegedly directed Chisamba Constituency Development Committee to purchase six hammer mills from SARO Agro Industrial Limited, as the highest bidder.
In doing so, he allegedly ignored following laid down tender procedures.
Trial has been set for February 18 and 19, this year.