Second suspect in K5.5B Lumwana theft nabbed

Police in Solwezi have nabbed a second person in connection with the theft of the K5.5 billion by an accountant at Barrick Lumwana mine.

 Director of Jikemba Engineering Cephas Jikemba aged 40, who has been on the run following the arrest of Sampa Sichela 29, an accountant was arrested yesterday and will now be jointly charged with Sichela with the offence of theft by servant.

North-Western Province Police Deputy Commissioner Bonny Kapeso confirmed the arrest of Jikemba to ZANIS in Solwezi today.

Mr Kapeso said investigations reviewed that Sichela had been generating fraudulent payments to Jikemba Engineering company purporting to have taken the mining company’s vehicles for servicing when in fact not.

He said the syndicate started last year in September until last month when the

malpractice was detected by the mine management.

Both the accused persons are in police custody and will appear in court soon.

An accountant working for Barrick  Lumwana mine in the finance department was on Wednesday arrested and charged with theft by servant involving K5.5 billion.

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