RTSA, IMS bosses appear in court

Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) chief executive officer Zindaba Soko yesterday appeared before the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court in connection with some money laundering charges slapped on him by the Drug Enforcement Commission which are linked to the speed cameras.

Soko appeared alongside Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS) board chairman Walid El Nahas, but the charge sheet was not yet before court.

Soko appeared in court on offences relating to money laundering involving over US$100,000.

In June, this year, a combined team of officers from Zambia Police, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Office of the President raided and searched Soko’s residence in Lusaka.

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) said it was investigating Soko for possible money laundering activities.

DEC Commissioner Alita Mbahwe confirmed the search, saying it was part of an ongoing investigation against Soko.

Mbahwe said the Commission instituted investigations against the RTSA boss after a complaint against him.

And when Soko appeared before Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale, Thursday morning, his lawyer Willies Muhanga told the Court that his client, who was on bond, was summoned by DEC to appear before court.

But in response, the State told the Court that the prosecutors who were handling the matter from DEC had not yet taken the indictment to court.

Magistrate Mwale then informed the Court that since DEC prosecutors were not in court, there was nothing he could do because they were the ones who were handling the matter.

Soko and El Nahas are expected to appear in court again soon.




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