A 40-year-old Judiciary senior clerk of court has been dragged to the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing K200,000 cash, which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.
The said K200,000 is alleged to have been an exhibit in another matter where former BancABC employer and murder convict, Precious Longwe, was charged with theft.
In this matter, Didie Kangwa of house number two off Alick Nkhata Road in Kalingalinga, has been charged with one count of theft by public servant.
Particulars of the offence allege that between November 21, 2017, and April 9, 2018, in Lusaka, Kangwa being a person employed in the public service namely: Judiciary as a senior clerk of the court, stole K200,000 cash, which came into his possession by virtue of his employment, the property of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
But when the matter was called before Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale for allocation, Monday, Kangwa was not before court.
Magistrate Mwale allocated the matter to Magistrate Kate Sakwanda where he will take his plea.
In another court, Kangwa is jointly-charged with five other court officials and two businessmen for allegedly trafficking in 24 kilogrammes of cocaine and theft of the same.
The 24 kilogrammes of cocaine was an exhibit in another matter involving Sydney Mwansa and two others, but went missing at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court complex.
Kangwa was also one of the accused persons in a matter where suspended Lusaka Magistrate, Maggie Tentameni, and others are facing three counts of abuse of authority, removal of property under lawful seizure and stealing of 34.0 kilogrammes of ephedrine valued at K1,870,000, to which they all pleaded not guilty.
The said drugs were seized from Beatrice Saili at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as she arrived from India.
Saili was arrested, taken to court where she was tried and eventually sentenced.
The State, however, entered a nolle prosequi against Kangwa.