Kapoko denies further charges

Former Ministry of Health human resources manager and the alleged mastermind of the alleged financial scam at the Ministry of Health involving billions of kwacha, Henry Kapoko has pleaded not guilty to fresh charges of theft by public servant involving over K6.8 billion

Last week the joint investigations team in the Ministry of Health financial scam arrested and charged nine Ministry of Health officials and three other individuals involved in alleged fraudulent payments of over K6.8 billion.
Kapoko and 12 of his co-accused pleaded not guilty to 20 counts of theft contrary to sections 272 and 277 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, when the matter came up for plea before magistrate Exnobert Zulu in lusaka Thursday.
The 12 jointly charged with Mr Kapoko include; Ministry of Health Director of Health Policy, Dr Chrispine Sichone, 44, Principal Accountant Roy Maswenyeho, 56, Senior Accountant Vincent Luhana, 35, former chief accountant Evaristo Musaba, 47, former assistant director of administration, Nobert Peleti, 39, and acting principal accountant Kaoma Zukas, 38.
Others are Justin Phiri, 37,an internal auditor, senior accountant Luke Makeche, 52, assistant internal auditor Christopher Bwalya, 44,Algonquin Management Consultancy director, Naomi Chawinga, 51, and Algonquin shareholder Masuzyo Chawinga, 27.
And lawyers representing the accused applied for bail for their clients.
Making the bail application, the lawyers prayed that the court grants their clients bail in line with the presumption in the law that every person is innocent until proved guilty.
They further asked the court to consider GIVING THE ACCUSED reasonable cash bail conditions, bearing in mind that the accused are civil servants and small businesspersons.
But in objecting to the bail application the state argued that the offense before the court is a serious one and that the accused are likely to interfere with witnesses.
The state further submitted that if bail was to be granted to each of the accused, it should be cash bail of not less than K300 million each.
Magistrate Zulu has since reserved ruling for the bail application to 17th July 2009.

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