Sata appoints Mpombo envoy to Nigeria

Sata appoints Mpombo envoy to Nigeria

President Michael Sata has appointed former Defence Minister George Mpombo as High Commissioner to Nigeria.

Mpombo has already concluded the prerequisite diplomatic training course at NIPA in readiness to take up office.

But Mpombo has criminal cases in court.

He is facing three counts of theft by public servant, forgery and uttering a false document in court.

Mpombo, 57, a farmer of house number 4 Katonte Farm, Ndola rural is appearing before magistrate Joshua Banda.

Particulars of count one are that Mpombo jointly and whilst working together with other known persons, being a public servant as Minister of Defence stole K18 million which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.

The offence is alleged to have been committed on unknown dates but between June and September 2008 in Lusaka.

In count two, Mpombo jointly and whilst working with other unknown persons forged documents namely tax invoice number 6358 and receipts numbers 2846 and 4468 purporting to show that they were genuinely issued when in fact not.

The offence is alleged to have been committed on unknown dates but between June 9 and September 12, 2008.

Particulars of the third count are that Mpombo knowingly and fraudulently uttered false documents including two receipts, tax invoice and retirement of special imprest forms to WinniverSimwinji Mhlanga.

But when the matter was last heard in court, magistrate Banda told prosecutors that he wanted to finish the case as fast as possible.

He gave prosecutors three days in which to conclude their submissions.

That was the same time that Mpombo started his diplomatic training.

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