Investigations into a prominent Lusaka lawyer’s law firm have intensified in recent days, unraveling a complex series of alleged frauds on the public payroll.
Well placed sources at the Ministry of Justice and the Zambia Police Service headquarters have revealed that the probe into Lukona Chambers, owned by lawyer Nelly Mutti, have reached an advanced stage with close to fourteen (14) ghost retirees discovered so far out of the more than three thousand (3,000) former government workers that the law firm has been paying money in various amounts channeled from the Attorney General’s Chambers.
One police source indicates that there could be more suspected ghost retirees that Mutti’s law firm may have been paying knowingly or unknowingly and she may face arrest for fraud.
“A few days ago our officers were at Lukona Chambers just to make certain verifications even though we didn’t find Mrs. Mutti as we were told she was out of the country. But the following day we spent almost the whole day with her at the Attorney General’s Chambers trying to establish what she knows about the 14 ghost retirees we have discovered,” said the source.
According to the police and Ministry of Justice sources, staff at Mutti’s law firm are tight lipped and keep referring all queries to her.
“That is why we were instructed to investigate this matter which involves a lot of money and has been going on for a few years now,” the sources added. Asked how much is really involved, the sources could not reveal the figure but it is believed the amount runs in billions of kwacha.
There are also rumours of a personal vendetta being pursued against the lawyer. Mutti is believed to have turned down a job offer as permanent secretary by President Michael Sata soon after he assumed office, a move he was not pleased with. Now it looks quite certain that Mutti may soon be arrested.