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President Lungu expected on the Copperbelt

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PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu is today, Friday, July 19, 2019, scheduled to be on the Copperbelt on a two-day –working visit.

And Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary, Bright Nundwe, says President Lungu will land at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport at 16:00, before proceeding to Kitwe where he will officiate at a church programme.

Confirming the developing to ZANIS in Ndola Mr Nundwe said the Head of State will on Saturday officiate at the fundraising activity which has been organised by Partners in Mission Works at Edgar Lungu Mall in Kitwe at 19:00.

He added that President Lungu will also lead the corporate world in aerobics at 07:00 and later hold a meeting with captains of industries in the area.

The PS said the President will also join congregants at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Parklands in Kitwe.

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Court hears that Dr Chilufya has earnings in excess of K 22 million

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TRIAL in the case in which Health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya is charged with four counts of possession of properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime has finally commenced with an investigations officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission testifying that the minister’s earnings were in excess of K22 million.

Chipampe Chipili Manda, 34, an investigations officer at ACC told Lusaka chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale that Dr Chilufya who is charged with possession of different properties had in excess of K22 million as earnings from November 2013 to February 2020.

He said this was according to information obtained from National Assembly, Payroll Management and Establishment Control (PMEC) and Henry Courtyard Limited.

Manda said a team was instituted to investigate Dr Chilufya after a report bordering on allegations that he possessed properties in Zambia and Dubai which were reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime was lodged by an unanimous source.

He said after he established that Dr Chilufya
possessed US$200,000 which was used to purchase 6,000 shares in Samfya Marines and Tourism Services Limited from Den Daas Investment Zambia, K270,000 cash which was used to purchase another 2,000 shares in Samfya Marines, Lot No. 365/366 also known as Spark Guest House situated in Mansa and a passenger boat also known as Transport 32 from Smart Own FZE of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, he endeavored to establish whether the accused had the financial capacity from his known legitimate income to acquire the stated properties in question and that he established that he was a health minister and also a member of parliament for Mansa Central.
Manda said the investigators requested for Dr Chilufya’s emoluments from National Assembly and PMEC.

He said ACC did receive documents detailing the payments which Dr Chilufya has received from November 2013 to February 2010 from National Assembly and PMEC.

Manda said further investigations revealed that Dr Chilufya had stake in various companies and was director and shareholder in Henry Courtyard Limited.

He named Dr Chilufya’s other companies as Henry Courtyard Construction and Hardware, Henry Courtyard Farms and Henry Courtyard Travels and Tours.

He said the minister was also a shareholder in Samfya Marines.

“Having looked at the earnings of the minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya from the information we obtained from the National Assembly, his earnings totalled over K7 million and for earnings related to documents collected from PMEC, earnings were slightly over K3 million.

Further, I assessed financial information, in this case, bank statements from Henry Courtyard Limited where honourable Dr Chitalu Chilufya is a shareholder and director, different bank statements were obtained and these banks are Zanaco, Cavmont Bank, Atlas Mara and Investrust Bank, which Henry Courtyard has accounts with,” he said.

Manda said Dr Chilufya’s Henry Courtyard was in excess of K12 million.

Hearing continues tomorrow.

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Police investigate scammers targeting information Minister Dora Siliya

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POLICE in Lusaka are investigating suspects behind the social media scam where the scammers are advertising and empowerment programme purporting that it is run by Information Minister Dora Siliya.

And Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo has alerted members of the public not to fall prey of this scam.

“We wish to alert members of the public that there are scammers who have posted a fake Green National Registration Card (NRC) for the Minister of information and Broadcasting, Hon. Dora Siliya and have also posted some application forms on Social media suggesting that the Hon. Minister is running an empowerment programme called Zambia Trust Fund Empowerment in Collaboration with Chanda Foundation,” Katongo has said.

Katongo in a statement advised members of public not to fall for the tricks adding that Minister Siliya has never advertised such an empowerment scheme.

She said Police have since instituted investigations in the matter.

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Prosecution ask for more time to commence trial in Dr Chilufya’s case

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THE prosecution has failed to commence trial at 09:00 hours in the corruption case of Health minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya as ordered by Lusaka Chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale, asking for two hours in which to prepare their witness.

But Dr Chilufya’s lawyers Tutwa Ngulube and Jonas Zimba have accused the prosecution of fishing because the minister was arrested three months ago which means that they should have been ready to prosecute him by now.

Anti-Corruption Commission director Clifford Moonga who is prosecuting the case together with Muchula Silumesi and Daniel Ngwira, applied to stand down the matter so that they can also go through documents which the witness intends to produce.

“The witness will be producing documents which the State has not looked at. In the interest of justice, we pray that the matter be stood down for two hours,” said Moonga as he apologised to the court and defence for the inconvenience.

But Ngulube said the defence was extremely disappointed with the manner in which the State was handling the matter.

He said the State was now fishing and what they were doing was bordering on an illegality.
Ngulube said the failure to commence trial has created an impression that Dr Chilufya is been persecuted.

“We wish to State that we will not concede having the matter stood down because if we allow that, we will be standing down every time the case comes up. The people out there saw our client being paraded on cameras in the media and yet here in the court, the State is not ready.

Yesterday, your orders were not complied, it’s unfortunate that the State can begin to mistreat our client, so to continue delaying this matter will further delay his other duties,” he said.
Another defence lawyer Zimba demanded that trial proceeds as ordered by the court.

“Yesterday’s order is in force and to disobey such an order is disrespectful to the court and if the court decided to relax the order based on the application by the State, that will mean we have began to water down the authority of the court,” he said.

Francis Daka, another lawyer for Dr Chilufya adopted submissions by Ngulube and Zimba.
In his ruling, magistrate Mwale granted the prosecution’s application and stood down the matter to 11:30 hours.

“It’s only fair that the State is given time to prepare their witness. It’s commonly said that justice delayed is justice denied and the flip side is that justice hurried is justice denied,” said Mwale.

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