A State Witness on Tuesday 08/04/14 told Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda that he does not know anything about the Nigerian Oil deal.
Testifying in a matter in which the Zambian Government has taken former President Rupiah Banda to court for alleged abuse of authority of office, Mr. Charles Mulenga an Acting Director of Energy at the Ministry of Energy told the Lusaka Magistrate during cross examination by one of the defense lawyers Lubinda Linyama , that he does not know whether the Zambian government paid for any crude oil from Nigeria or not.
He further said he does not know whether there is a tender committee for petroleum procurement at Cabinet Office or not.
” So in short you don’t know anything about the Nigerian oil,” Linyama asked. ” I do not know anything,” Mulenga answered. “No further question,” Linyama told the Magistrate.
Meanwhile, Mr. Friday Tembo told Magistrate Joshua Banda that he had difficulties accessing original documents in the matter.
Led in examination in Chief by Director of Public Prosecutions Mutembo Nchito, Mr. Tembo said he has even been to State House but can not find original documents including the letters allegedly written by Rupiah Banda to late President of Nigeria Amaru Yaradua and the current President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr.Tembo who gave his residential address as off Faire Road Woodlands Lusaka told the court that even State House Principal Private Secretary Mr. Francis Chalabesa has failed to find originals in the Presidential Confidential registry at State House.
When asked by Nchito were the originals could be, Tembo said they could be under the custody of the Nigerian government. The matter has been adjourned to Tuesday 15/04/14 for the defense to cross examine Tembo who is the prosecution’s last witness.The defense applied for an adjournment so that the team can study the documents that will be the basis of cross examination.