PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema this morning met with the United States Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Mr. David J. Young who had paid a courtesy call on him at State House.
Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Bwalya has told Mwebantu, that in welcoming Mr. Young and his delegation, President Hichilema emphasized the need to nurture and preserve the cordial and longstanding relationship between the Republic of Zambia and the United States of America for the mutual benefits of both countries and their respective peoples.
Mr. Bwalya said, the President reiterated Zambia’s commitment to enhancing and upholding democratic principles, transparency and good governance, accelerating the provision of quality healthcare services for all, including ensuring continental peace and security.
He said President Hichilema also emphasized the new administration’s drive for rapid reconstruction of the Zambian economy to rekindle hope for social and economic justice for all Zambians.
“During the meeting, the President indicated his desire to use the upcoming 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, to showcase the New Dawn administration ‘s commitment to global conversations on climate change, COVID-19, poverty and conflict related people migration, as well as the need to end the growing trend of human trafficking.
And Mr. Young said the United States government is eagerly waiting to welcome President Hichilema and his delegation on their maiden official visit to the United States of America.” He said.
Mr Young informed the President that the U.S government was ready to engage the Zambian government in broad-based bilateral talks on unlocking more development support for Zambia in areas of agriculture, health, promotion of democracy, as well as support for COVID-19 response mechanisms.
(Picture by Chellah Tukuta/State House)
Police arrest duo, who run away with USD 800,000 during a raid in Lusaka
POLICE in Lusaka have formerly charged and arrested Mutemwa Mutemwa, State Counsel, for the offence of theft while Detective Chief Inspector Mano Kayombo for the offence of Theft by Public Servant.
Police Spokesperson Rea Hamoonga, told the media in a statement to #Mwebantu, that the duo have since been detained in police custody and will appear in court soon.
Mr Hamoonga said this in connection to the theft of Eight Hundred thousand United Dollars belonging to Lloyd Chinjenge of house number 2415 ibex hill Lusaka.
He explained that the incident occurred on 19th October,2021 at Chinjenge’s other residence in Salama Park.
Our client and others are not on the run with USD 800,000 says lawyer Makebi Zulu
LAWYER Makebi Zulu has written the Inspector General of Police Lemmy Kajoba disputing a report issued by Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga that his client Mutemwa Mutemwa and others are on the run.
In a letter addressed to Kajoba, Mr Zulu said his clients are ready to appear before the police on Wednesday.
“Where as it has been widely circulated that our clients are on the run, the same is denied, and ours advises that they will attend in the presence of counsel at Lusaka Central Police tomorrow the 27th October 2021 at 07:30 hours, kindly advise if the same time is convenient.”
Mr Zulu has further denied that there was a report that Mutemwa had admitted that US $ 400, 000 was taken from anyone.
Yesterday, Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga issued a statement that police were investigating a matter in which US$800,000 was allegedly stolen by lawyer Mutemwa Mutemwa State Counsel (SC), Mutemwa Mutemwa Junior (Jnr) both of Mutemwa Legal Practioners and Detective Chief Inspector Mano Kayombo of Lusaka Central Police Station during a search party.
Mr Hamoonga said the alleged stolen money is a property of Lloyd Chinjenge of House number 2415 Ibex Hill Lusaka.
Milingo Lungu pleads not guilty, as amount of money he is alleged to have stolen is reduced
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.