Allegations ‘killed’ my career

FORMER Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) deputy director of administration and training John Koyi yesterday told the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that his career has been shattered by the allegations that he stole public funds.

Koyi said the allegations that he stole money while serving at DEC were untrue and he did not understand why some people chose to implicate him.

He said this when he appeared in court for his continued defence before deputy director at Lusaka High Court Charles Kafunda who was sitting as chief resident magistrate.

This is in the matter in which Koyi is jointly charged with former DEC commissioner Ryan Chitoba with 20 counts of theft of public funds amounting to over K344,000.

“It should be learnt that my career has been shattered by the accusations. I don’t know anything and it is only the people who accused me who know why they accused me,” he said.

Mr Koyi admitted handling the money from various DEC accounts because he was authorized by his superiors to withdraw it.

He said he acted the way he did because he received instructions from his superiors adding that on his own, he had no authority to withdraw the money.

Koyi is being represented by Valentine Kabonga Snr and Robson Malipenga.

In count one, Chitoba and Koyi are alleged to have stolen K30, 000 on May 26, 2006.

But Koyi explained that after withdrawing the money, he handed it over to Mr Chitoba’s aide de camp (ADC) Charles Ndulumina who issued him with a receipt.

In count five, the duo was alleged to have stolen K15, 000 on July 19, 2006.

Koyi stated that from K15, 000 withdrawn, K11, 000 was used to carter for various expenses for a delegation from Tanzania and for DEC officers who accompanied the delegation to Livingstone while K4, 000 was used for other official purposes.

In count six, Chitoba and Koyi are alleged to have stolen K15, 000 on June 7, 2006 but this count was not supported by receipts submitted in court.

In count 15, Chitoba and Koyi were alleged to have stolen K25, 000 on January 29, 2007.

Koyo explained that out of the total amount, K15, 000 was sent to a Ms Mary Chirwa Sikazwe in South Africa for IV0045 investigations while the remaining K10, 000 was used for other official purposes.

In count 18, between March 1 and 3, 2007, the duo was alleged to have stolen K4, 100.

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