Evidence disappears from court

Evidence disappears from court


Corruption in the Zambian Judiciary has continued to be uncovered. This time 24 Kilogrammes of Cocaine with a Street Value of US 2million has gone missing at the Lusaka Magistrate Courts.

The matter came to light today Thursday the 09
9th of August 2018 when three accused persons namely Sydney Mwansa, Shaibu Likuta and Teddy Matanda appeared before Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Kenneth Mulife.

According to information obtained from the courts, the three accused were in February 2016 arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for trafficking in Cocaine. The DEC took the drug samples to the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) Food and Drug Laborotory where it was confirmed that indeed the siezed contraband was Cocaine.

The three appeared in court on February 21.2016 and the exibits were tendered in court and kept by the courts. Some time this year, the case officer at DEC discovered that some items and documents that were seized together with the Cocaine on a Tanzania/ Zambia bound bus were missing.

A thourough search was later conducted and it was discovered that the Cocaine was replaced with fake material. Also missing was the Ephedrine that was alleged found with a Nigerian Pastor Amata who was recently acquitted on a drug trafficking case.

The DEC took the replaced item to UTH for retesting and unfortunately it was discovered that the replaced material was not Cocaine. When the matter came up today, the Magistrate briefly refered the matter to Chambers to avoid embarrassing the judiciary that was the custodian of the exibits.

When the matter restarted in open court, Magistrate adjourned the matter to August 24. 2018 and the three accused were remanded in custody.

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    This is Zambia! 1 week ago

    Any one to sue the court? Otherwise there will come a time in Zambia where the court will only be keeping pictures and photocopies.

    When you deliberately take too long to dispose off a case, you create room for other people to zero in.

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    Chilyata 1 week ago

    Not surprising at all. The case going on since 2016 – that is too long and was bound to lose its momentum anyway. Zambian judiciary is even getting worse especially at the helm of Chimbwilima.
    But look at the case of the corrupt Supreme Court judges – the case will only take 3 months and it will be over. That is the Mambilima style of justice!

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    UN Diplomat(R) 1 week ago

    Unacceptable. Documents have been stolen and influenced Rulings, in civil matters at the High Court of Zambia; involving   12 lawyers have conspired to steal my house. Through corrupt litigations.they even illegally remover my suit. From the cause list. ECL must take full responsibility of the allegations of corruption in the judiciary,miso that he comes up with realistic measures to reform the institution. We have been pillaged through the judiciary and they obstructed Justice in three cases. So we need impeachments. 
    They must learn from Mnangagwa who has since released Biti from detention  . Not his legal team who mobbed me, a woman and stole from me like imbe I,Es and then they poisoned me as a method of getting away with impunity. They corruptly removed my suit against them from the cause list, instead of accounting fir their crimes,. The legal and justice frameworks in Zambia are a major concern and need to be closed down. So that Zambia starts afresh. Why steal from your fellow human being? 

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    james Bond007 1 week ago

    Zambia the real Africa