Zambia: 'Muteteka Changed Vehicle Ownership'

A POLICE officer has told a magistrate's court that Chisamba MMD Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Muteteka changed ownership of a motor vehicle from his name to that of Chibombo Constituency.

Muteteka is charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

It is alleged that Muteteka on May 24, 2010 in Lusaka stole a Mitsubishi Fuso light truck registration number ABX 3529, valued at K75 million.

The truck which he allegedly registered in his name belonged to Chibombo District.

Detective sergeant Felix Shantimba told Lusaka Principal Magistrate Aridah Chuulu during continued trial yesterday that the MP allegedly requested his office to change ownership of a Mitsubishi Fuso light truck registration number ABV 1000 green in colour from his name to Chisamba Constituency.

Mr Shantimba recounted how in February last year he received a request for change of ownership for a motor vehicle that was in Muteteka's name.

The witness said the request was accompanied by an affidavit that was sworn by Muteteka with a registration certificate, photocopy of his national registration card.

He said that after he inspected the vehicle and checked the documentation, he issued a police report for the change of ownership of motor vehicle.

Mr Shantimba, however, said during cross-examination by defence lawyer Friday Besa that he did not know the reasons why Muteteka changed the ownership of the vehicle.

Another witness narrated how Muteteka bought the vehicle in question at a cost of KR82,000 and later changed its ownership to that of Chibombo Constituency.

Dickson Musosha 44 , a manager at Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA), Lumumba office said his office was availed with documentation that showed that Muteteka bought the vehicle in 2009 from Kabutika Banda of Kaunda Square.

Mr Musosha said the vehicle which was initially changed to Muteteka's name was later registered in the name of Chisamba Constituency.

Trial continues.

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