Kapoko given bail; remains in custody

Former Ministry of Health human resources manager Henry Kapoko has been granted bail by a Lusaka magistrate court in a case in which he is jointly charged with 12 others for theft by public servant involving over K6.8 billion.

But Mr. Kapoko remains in custody as he was denied bail by another magistrate Kenneth Mulife where he is facing different charges.

Magistrate Exonobit Zulu on Friday granted Mr Kapoko a K800 million bail in immovable assets.

Other conditions for bail are that Mr Kapoko should surrender his passport and other valuable documents to the court and should be reporting to the officer-in-charge at Woodlands Police Station every Friday between 10:00 and 12:00 hours and avail a mobile phone number to the police that should be at all times connected and police will be at liberty to call him at random to know his whereabouts. Magistrate Zulu further said Mr Kapoko should provide two working sureties in a recognized institution serving at a senior managerial level with K500 million in their own cognizance.

He also directed Mr. Kapoka that he will only be allowed to withdraw money from the bank once a month to allow him meet his legal costs and personal use and will have to inform the court 24 hours before making any withdrawal. Last week the Lusaka magistrate court granted a K500 million bail to each of Mr Kapoko’s 12 co-accused persons. They are facing 20 counts of theft by public servant contrary to sections 272 and 277 of the Penal Code to which they have all pleaded not guilty.

Those jointly charged with kapoko are Zukas Kaoma, principal accountant, Nobert Peleti, assistant director of operations, Evaristo Musaba a former chief accountant at the ministry, Vincent Luhana, a senior accountant and director of health, Chrispin Sichone. Others are Esau Banda a former internal auditor, Justine Phiri an internal auditor, Christopher Bwalya an assistant internal auditor, Roy Maswenyeho, principal accountant, Luka Makeche, a senior accountant and Algonquin Management consultants Naomi Chawinga and Masuzyo Chawinga.

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