STATE counsel Mutemwa Mutemwa with his lawyers Sakwiba Sikota and Mutakela Lisimba leave court after complainant Lishandu Chinjenge discontinued a case where he was charged with theft of US$800,000.
Mutemwa was jointly charged with his son Mutemwa junior and police detective chief inspector Dennis Mano Kayombo.
When the case came up before chief resident magistrate Dominic Makalicha, Chinjenge said after reflection, he has decided to withdraw his complaint against the accused persons.
“This is for the following reasons Your Worship firstly, State Counsel Mutemwa Mutemwa is my counsel and these proceedings are boardering on client lawyer relationship.
Your worship ordinarily, he was supposed to be the one advising me on this matter but this will not happen because of this case,” he said.
Chinjenge said: “Secondly, I still have ongoing transactions with the counsel and I do not wish to change lawyers.” The complainant added that he thought by complaining against the accused, it would not result in prosecution.
He also said his family does not want him to continue with the case. At this point, state advocate Mukumi Chipawa applied for discontinuance of the case according to Section 201 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Makalicha has reserved ruling to December 8.
ACC arrests owners of “48” houses
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
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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Hundreds to lose jobs as Indeni Refinery is placed under care and maintenance by government
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,”.