Charity Mwansa to face trial in Trafigura oil case

FORMER Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development permanent secretary Charity Mwansa and her director Charles Mulenga will now have to be prosecuted by the Lusaka Magistrates Court in a matter they are facing two counts of theft and abuse.

The duo are alleged to have contracted Trafigura PTE to supply 24,626 cubic litres of petrol and 26, 500 litres from Trafigura at a cost of US$24 million without allegedly adhering to the contract terms of payment.

When the matter came up, State prosecutor Sam Zulu informed the court that he was in possession of instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prosecute Ms Mwansa and Mr Mulenga.

It is also alleged that Mwansa and Mulenga as employees of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development stole US$9,880, 411 which came into their possession by virtue of their employment.

In the third count the duo are facing a charge of abuse of authority of office contrary to the laws of Zambia

It is further alleged that Ms Mwansa and Mr Mulenga between October 1 2014  and April 27 last year approved 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 following contract terms of payment – an arbitrary act prejudicial to the interests of the Zambian Government.

In count four, the duo is 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 stole US$1,231, 092 which came into their possession by virtue of their employment.

Chief Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife adjourned the matter to August 16 for plea and possible trial.

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