A LUSAKA Magistrate Maggie Kunda Tantameni and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) prosecutor Francis Mphanza have been charged together with two court officers for stealing 34 kilograms of ephedrine valued at K1, 870,000.
been charged alongside Felix Mkandawire, 35, a court interpreter, Francis Mphanza, 37,
a senior public prosecutor, and Diddie Kangwa, 39, a senior clerk of court.
Kangwa is already appearing before Kafue-based Magistrate Kawama Mwamfuli in a
matter where he has been jointly charged with six other court officers and three businessmen for trafficking in cocaine.
According to the indictment presented in court to Chief Resident Magistrate
Kenneth Mulife, Tantameni and her co-accused have been charged for allegedly stealing
by persons in public service, contrary to Section 277 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on November 8, 2017, the accused persons being employed in the public service as court interpreter, senior public prosecutor, magistrate, and senior clerk of
court, stole 34 kilograms of ephedrine valued at K1, 870,000 property of the Government of the Republic of Zambia, which came in their possession by virtue of their employment
In another count, Mkandawire, Mphanza, and Kangwa are jointly charged for removal
of property under seizure, contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the
Laws of Zambia.
It is alleged that on November 8, 2017, the trio knowingly with intent to hinder or defeat
the process, concealed 34 kilograms of ephedrine valued at K1,870,000 which was taken
under the process of the authority of Tantameni’s court.
After the case was called, the State informed Mr. Mulife that all the accused persons
were not present before court despite the cause list being sent out, and that
Mkandawire, Mphanza, and Tantameni are on police bond while Kangwa is remanded
in custody for the cocaine traicking
Mr. Mulife then allocated the case to Chisamba-based Magistrate Suzan Mangalashi. He said the accused persons will take plea before Ms. Mangalashi today