TWO people have been dragged to court for allegedly obtaining US$47,000 from another by falsely pretending to be State House employees assigned to purchase bicycles and other election materials on behalf of President Edgar Lungu.
In this matter, Saviour Mukuka, a 42-year-old businessman of Lusaka and Mukwanya Banda, 42, an IT specialist, also of Lusaka, are charged with obtaining money by false pretences contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence allege that Mukuka and Banda, between October 1, 2019 and April 16, 2020 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together obtained US$47,000 and K90,000 cash from Iiyes Patel, by falsely pretending that they were state employees from State House assigned to purchase bicycles and other election materials on behalf of the Republican President of Zambia, when in fact not.
When the matter came up before Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya, Monday, the duo could not take plea as they were not before court.
The matter has since been adjourned to August 25 for plea.
In another matter, former Zambia Railways chief executive officer Professor Muyenga Atanga and five others have been dragged to court over the alleged theft of 2006 goats.
Ivan Munsanje, 26, a farm supervisor at PG farms in Kanakantapa; Silven Mukonka, 20, a farm shepherd; Prof Muyenga Atanga; Thomas Sikapizye, 29, a livestock technician; Jedrick Mwinde, 26, a manager and Joseph Sichimana, 20 of Kanakantapa farms in Chisamba are charged with stock theft contrary to the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence allege that the accused persons, on August 15, 2020 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together stole 2006 goats, altogether valued at K227,500, the property of Mubanga Kanyama.
When the matter came up for plea before Magistrate Sanford Ngobola, the accused persons could not take plea as their charge needed to be amended.
This is because Prof Atanga was only appearing on the particulars of the offence and none of his details were contained in the indictment.
The matter has since been adjourned to Thursday for plea.