NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili’s five domestic workers and a student have been dragged to the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing US $160,000 cash.
The five workers: Rodney Muntanga, a 47-year-old house boy; Esther Munyeka, a 29-year-old maid; George Bwalya, a driver, aged 49; Millan Chembe, a 35-year-old security guard and Charles Kamutengo, a 54-year-old gardener are all charged with theft by servant.
The student, Stacey Jones Jane, 23, who is also a friend to Kambwili’s daughter Chanda, is equally charged with theft.
In count one (theft charge), it is alleged that Stacey between December 14, 2020, and December 27, 2020, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others stole US $160,000 cash, the property of Kambwili.
In count two (theft by servant), Muntanga, Munyeka, Bwalya, Chembe and Kamutengo between December 14, 2020, and December 27, 2020, in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others, being persons employed by Kambwili did steal US $160,000 cash, the property of the said employer.
When the case came up on Friday morning, Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale allocated it to Magistrate Nthandose Chabala.
However, when the matter was called before Magistrate Chabala, the accused persons could not take plea as only Stacey was in the courtroom.
Magistrate Chabala then adjourned the matter to Monday for plea.
Meanwhile, the matter in which Kambwili, his son Mwamba, Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services and others are facing 39 charges of being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime, uttering a false document, among others, before Lusaka Principal Resident Magistrate Mwaka Mikalile has been adjourned to February 25, this year, for continued trial.