High court sends Katele, Chungu back to jail for five years

High court sends Katele, Chungu back to jail for five years

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Same police officers who guarded Katele when he was looting now tell him: Iwe. Ngena. Kawalala

THE Lusaka High Court has upheld the five year jail sentences slapped on former Finance Minister Katele Kalumba and three others for corrupt practices.
Mr Justice Evans Hamaundu sitting with High Court Judge-in-Charge Jane Kabuka said the subordinate court could not be faulted for slapping a custodial sentence against the four because they were guilty of the offences.
Katele, former directors of the defunct Access Financial Services Limited (AFSL) Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu and former Finance Permanent Secretary Stella Chibanda had appealed against the five-year jail sentence.
They had appealed on grounds that the lower court had erred both in law and facts when it found them guilty of the offences.
In a more than five-hour majority judgment prepared together with Judge Nigel Mutuna, Mr Justice Hamaundu said suspending, reducing  or acquitting the quartet as they had contended in their grounds of appeal would be sending a wrong message to would be offenders.
Mr Justice Hamaundu said that it would not be in public interest to issue the four with a suspended sentence because it would send a wrong signal to would be offenders.
The Judge has meanwhile granted Katele, Chungu, Kabwe and Chibanda permission to appeal against their five years conviction.
Immediately after judgment was delivered, one of the defence lawyers Vincent Malambo informed the court that the four appellants were making an application to appeal to the Supreme Court.
He said this based on the provisions of section 14 (1) of the Supreme Act.
Mr Malambo said the four had ‘strong issues’ that they want to be addressed by the highest court of the land.

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