Magistrate, prosecutor, court officials arrested for theft

Magistrate, prosecutor, court officials arrested for theft

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.

Tantameni, 39, of house number 9 Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe Road in Avondale, has

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

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    muntungwa 2 weeks ago

    Shame on the judiciary. Where to my poor Zambia??

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    Justice 2 weeks ago

    This country is in bigger trouble than I thought. If the judiciary is this compromised, we are finished.  How widespread is dirty dealing in the judiciary? The low level odpfficers can’t have courage to do the things they are accused of unless someone higher up facilitates. Who are the facilitators? Could this be the tip of an iceberg? One of them is appearing in another for removing other evidence ie cocaine! I Smell not a rat but rats.

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    james Bond007 2 weeks ago

    What about the corrupt supreme court Judges?

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    PANYOPANGA 2 weeks ago

    please put her in a male cell where i’am so that we fuck her everyday