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Milingo Lungu pleads not guilty, as amount of money he is alleged to have stolen is reduced

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KCM Provisional Liquidator Milingo Lungu has pleaded not guilty of theft and money laundering involving K4.4 million.

Lungu, 43, a legal practitioner, appeared before Lusaka magistrate Felix Kaoma and denied commiting the two offences.
Trial has been set for November 29, 30 and December 1.

In count one, it is alleged that Lungu between May 22, 2019 and September 28, 2021 being a provisional liquidator stole K4.4 million, the property of Konkola Copper Mines PlC.

In count two, allegations are that Lungu during the same period transfered K4.4 million knowing or having reasons to be believe the same to be proceeds of crime.
Lungu first appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on October 13 but chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalicha told him that his docket had not yet been forwarded to the court.

And when he appeared on October 19 before magistrate Makalicha, he allocated the case to Magistrate Felix Kaoma who was not around for the accused to take plea.

However, when the case was called before magistrate Kaoma today, the magistrate explained the charges to Lungu who is represented by Sakwiba Sikota, Moses Chitambala, Makebi Zulu and Jonas Zimba.
And Lungu said he understood the charges but pleaded not guilty.

The prosecution team comprises Gamaliel Zimba who is the deputy chief state advocate under the taxation and financial crimes department, principal state advocate Gracilia Mulenga, Margaret Simuchimba senior state advocate and state advocate Sipholiano Phiri.

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) arrested Lungu on September 29 and charged him with obtaining false pretenses amounting to US$2.200,000.00.

He was also charged with money laundering and theft of K110.4 million and Us$250,000.00. When arraigned in court, the money he is alleged to have stolen has reduced to K4.4 million.

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ACC arrests owners of “48” houses

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested the owner of the controversial 48 houses Charles Mukomena Loyana and his
wife Susan Sinkala Loyana.

And the Commission has charged the couple with two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession
of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe has confirmed in a statement today that the property in question is valued at over K37 million.

Chibwe said the couple has in the first count been charged with Concealment of Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.

“In the first count, Mr. Loyana aged 51 and Mrs Loyana aged 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka have both been charged with One Count of Concealment of Property suspected
to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010,” Chibwe said.

In the second count, Chibwe said the duo is charged with One Count of Possession of Property suspected to be proceeds
of crime.

She revealed that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 30th June 2019, Mr. Loyana, Senior Accountant at the Ministry of Finance and Mrs. Loyana, an Assistant Accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, did conceal and possess 51 properties valued at the stated amount, properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

She said the duo has been released on bond and will appear in court on 14th December, 2021.

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Workers unions urges government to revisit it’s decision on Covid-19 measures

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ZAMBIA Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) says workers unions in the country have resolved not to support the discriminatory punitive being advanced by government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
According to a statement issued by ZUNO General Secretary Fray Michelo, the unions have since urged government to revist its decision.
Mr Michelo added that the Unions have reminded government that implenting the laid down measures is an infringement on the human and workers rights.
He said the unions are only in support of mass senstization and not mandatory vaccination.
“Unions observed that government seemed to already have made a decision and only needed an endorsement from the unions,” he said.
“Unions were not aware of any road map by the government to avert the fourth wave of Covid-19,”.
Mr Michelo further said the target of public service workers was not justified as they are only a small section of the whole population that is 200, 000 people against 17 Million.
On Sunday this week government had put in place measures to protect the population from the fourth wave among them the need for all civil servants to be vaccinated.

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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government 

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MINISTER of Energy says government has decided to put Indeni Petroleum Refinery on care and maintenance a situation that will see some employees lose their jobs.

In a statement, Peter Kapala said the other employees will be reassigned to manage fuel storage depots with Tazama Petroleum Products Limited.

Mr Kapala also disclosed that government has begun the process of reforming the petroleum subsector.

He noted that this resonates with the UPND’s manifesto where it promised that it will restructure the fuel supply chain so as to achieve least cost pricing while ensuring stable supply of petroleum products.

“As you may be aware, the sector has been marred with a lot of inefficiencies which have increased the cost of the various petroleum products,” he said.

Mr Kapala explained that the reforms are aimed at ensuring that there is adequate, reliable and affordable supply of petroleum products in the country.

“The overall objective of the reforms will be to increase security of supply of petroleum products in the nation,” he said.

“Government has begun to look at modalities that will reduce the cost of transporting petroleum products and improve efficiency in delivery petroleum products,”.

He added that government also intends to implement under transportation, the reconfiguring of the Pipeline to enable the pumping of Low Sulphur Gasoil (LSG- Diesel) through the TAZAMA Pipelines as one of the reforms.

He further said products such as Petrol, Jet A1, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), Kerosene and Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) will be transported via road as they will no longer be produced by the Refinery.

“Instituting the above reforms in the fuel supply and procurement system will ensure security of supply of petroleum products leading to stability in the market,” Mr Kapala stated.

“Government will promote, with these reforms, transparency and private sector participation in the sector,”.

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

30 Nov 2021, 10:00 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

210,169 Total Cases
3,667 Deaths
206,406 Recovered

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