A case in which a former Energy permanent secretary is alleged to have abused her authority of her office when she allegedly procured 24,626 cubic litres of petrol from Trafigura without adhering to the contract terms of payment, on Monday failed to take off because the the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has not yet issued instructions to prosecute her.
This was after Charity Mwansa, 63 , who is now a legal counsel and her co-accused Charles Mulenga, a civil servant, appeared before Magistrate Kenneth Mulife for mention.
The matter was adjourned to February 15 after State prosecutor Mr Samuel Zulu told the court that instructions to prosecute Ms Mwansa and Mulenga had not been received from the DPP chambers.
Ms Mwansa appeared before Mr Mulife immediately after she appeared in another court before Magistrate Ireen Wishimanga where the court dismissed an application for her to be cited for contempt after she was accused of giving contradictory statements on oath with intent to mislead the court .
Ms Mwansa and Mulenga were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and were released on K2,000 bail each with two working sureties from traceable and reputable organizations in the sum of K50,000.
The matter was adjourned to February 15 for another mention.