Mon. Nov 28th, 2022

Trial in the case in which former Postmaster General McPherson Chanda and former Finance Director Best Mwaichi and former Director of Operations Isaac Kamwimba are charged with 13 counts of theft of K335 million Social Cash Transfer funds took off today 17th March, 2022 in the Financial Crimes Court sitting at Ndola before Magistrate Sakuwanda.

Leading the prosecution was State prosecutor Daniel Ngwira from the Anti – Corruption Commission (ACC). In his testimony the 1st witness Director Social Welfare Kennedy Mumba said ZamPost received a total of less than K150m from the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services (MCDSS).

The 2nd witness was Principal Accountant from MCDSS Everisto Chifumbano who said ZamPost received a total of K98million. The prosecution’s 3rd witness Wishikoti Katambi from ZANACO where MCDSS keeps its bank accounts also said the total funds transferred to ZamPost was K98 million.

Defense Counsels Lawrence Matibini and Chimuka Maggubwi for the accused queried the witnesses whether the accused could steal an amount of K335m when total funds transferred to ZamPost were K98m or less than K150m as submitted by the witnesses from the Ministry.

When asked whether they were aware of any theft of Social Cash Transfer funds cited in the Forensic Audit report conducted by the Auditor General’s Office, the witnesses said they had not read about any theft.

The Prosecution further presented witnesses from ZamPost namely Acting Finance Director Frederick Chiwaya and Manager Financial Services David Musonda. During cross examination Chiwaya told the Court that he was not aware of any theft of amounts captured in the 13 counts.

During cross examination Musonda also informed the Court that the fixed deposits of Social Cash Transfer funds were made in the name of ZamPost and not in the names of the accused persons. He also said the beneficiary of the proceeds from the placements was ZamPost and not the three accused persons.

Trial continues on 28th and 29th March, 2022.

By editor

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *