Mpombo pleads not guilty to theft and forgery

Former Defense Minister George Mpombo Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges of theft by public servant, forgery and uttering false documents.

In the first count, Mpombo is charged with theft by public servant, an offence which is contrary to section 277 of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia

In the second count, he is charged with forgery contrary to section 342 and 347 of the Penal Code, Chapter 86 of the Laws of Zambia while in the third count he is charged with uttering a false document contrary to section 352 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

He denied all the charges.

Mpombo 57, who gave his occupation as a farmer of House number four, Katonte Farms in Ndola rural, appeared before Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda
Particulars of first count are that Mpombo, on unknown date but between June 2008 and September 2008 in Lusaka jointly and whilst working together with other people unknown and being a public servant as a Minister of Defence, did steal K18 million which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.

In the second count, he is alleged to have, on unknown dates but between 9th June and 12th September 2008 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown, forged a document namely tax invoice number 6358 and receipts number 2846 and 4468 purporting to show that it was genuinely issued when in fact not.

And in the third count, Mpombo is alleged to have, between 9th June and15th September 2008 in Lusaka knowingly and fraudulently, uttter false documents namely two receipts, a tax invoice and retirement of special imprest forms to Winniver Simwinji Mhlanga.

QFM reports that trial in the matter will commence on 7th June 2011 and run up to 10th June 2011.

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