Court warns State over Trafigura case delay

 

LUSAKA Chief Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife has warned the State over the delay to prosecute former permanent secretary in the Ministry Energy and Water Development Charity Mwansa who is charged with two counts of theft and abuse of authority when she allegedly procured 24,626 cubic litres of petrol and 26, 500 litres of diesel from Trafigura allegedly without adhering to the contract terms of payment.

Mr Mulife was not amused to learn that the matter could not take off yesterday because the State had not received instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions after being adjourned several times over the same issue.

‘’This matter has been hanging for too long. I am warning the State that this is the last adjournment in this matter. I will not entertain any further adjournments,’’  Mr Mulife said.

Mr Mulife said this after State prosecutor Samuel Zulu informed the court that instructions to prosecute Mwansa and her co-accused, Charles Mulenga, a director in the same ministry, had not been received from the DDP chambers.

Mr Zulu assured the court that he would make sure in the next sitting that instructions would be ready.

Mwansa, 63, who is now in private practice, and Mulenga are  accused of receiving US$9,880, US$411,55 and  US$1,231, 092,89 which came into their possession by virtue of their employment.

The duo are in count one alleged to have on October 1, 2014 and February 4, 2015 jointly and while acting together approved the issuance of a letter of credit no. SLC/12/15 MEWDZ dated February 4 for the procurement of 26,500 cubic litres of petrol from Trafigura PTE in the sum of US$24, 302, 555, 94 without adhering to the contract terms of payment – an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of the Zambian Government.

 

In count two the duo are facing a charge of theft by servant contrary to the laws of Zambia.

 

It is alleged that Mwansa and Mulenga on the same dates, jointly and being person’s employed in the Ministry Energy and Water Development as permanent secretary and director, did steal US$9,880, 411,55 which came into their possession by virtue of their employment.

 

In the third count Mwansa and Mulenga are facing a charge of abuse of authority of office contrary to the laws of Zambia.

 

It is alleged that the two officers between October1 and April 27 last year did approve the issuance of a letter of credit no. SLC/12/15 MEWDZ dated April 27, 2015 for the procurement of 24, 626,28 cubic litres of petrol from Trafigura  PTE  in the sum of US$12,551,307,45 without adhering to the contract terms of payment – an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of the Zambian Government.

 

In count four, the duo are facing a charge of theft by servant contrary to the laws of Zambia.

 

It is alleged that Mwansa and Mulenga on the same dates stole US$1,231, 092,89 which came into their possession by virtue of their positions.

 

The matter was adjourned to July 6 for possible plea.

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