A CORPORATE services manager at Zesco has told the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court that former Zambia Air Force commander Eric Chimese applied to have his nine flats connected to the Zesco power grid which Chita Lodge proprietor James Chungu claims ownership of.
Meanwhile, the witness told the court that Chimese has 21 other accounts under Zesco of properties connected to the power grid.
This is in a matter where Chimese is facing charges of abuse of authority and jointly charged with Chungu for money laundering.
Testifying before magistrate Nsunge Chanda, Kennedy Chisanga said the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) wrote to Zesco managing director requesting for information and he was assigned to attend to the request and was given three names, among them Eric Chimese, Sharon Grey, and Leonard Mutema.
He said DEC wanted information relating to the accounts domiciled at Zesco for the said names.
Chisanga said he checked the customer management system and discovered 28 accounts relating to the said names and among them 21 accounts were under Chimese’s name, six under his wife Sharon and one account under Leonard Mutema, connected to Zesco power grid.
He said the 21 accounts were registered under Chimese’s name, NRC number 179587/32/1 and the connection point was Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe street at plot number 157/8/378/A in Salama Park.
Chisanga said he submitted to the Drug Enforcement Commission the list under which the premises were connected to the power grid, including four quotations under which Chimese applied for power supply.
Among the four quotations, one had K13,602.00 and the application was made on February 2, 2013. The application was received and processed by Zesco for the supply of power to 38A on plot number 488- 38A/488.
The second quotation has the name Eric Chimese in relation to property number 488-38B/488 in Twin Palm Road in Ibex Hill. The properties can be on one premise, for example, flats but Zecso decides how to record them in order to differentiate them. The initial amount was K12,329 for power supply to 38B and the application was processed on December 28, 2014.
The other quotation for electricity supply under the Chimese, 488-38B/488 on Twin Palm road in Ibex Hill suburb 12, 328.16 being supplied to 38D and the total amount was K7,700.
The fourth quotation under the name Chimese, involving K4,496, for house number 488-488/38B on Twin Palm road in Ibex was a quotation for power supply processed on October 9, 2015 for 38C, according to the witness.
“You can have several flats on the same plot which need to be connected; it’s up to the customer to decide how they can be differentiated. You can either choose 1, 2, 3 or ABC,” Chisanga explained.
He said after submitting the quotation forms, DEC asked for the actual application forms which Zesco receives from the customer, filled by the customer and signed by the electrician, but he only managed to retrieve one.
Chisanga said Zesco received a certificate of title and National Registration Card belonging to Chimese and a sketch map of how Zesco could reach the premises to be connected to the power grid and that Chimese was the said customer.
He said Chimese indicated that the premises to be connected were on plot number 1/9/38B/488 on Twin Palm road in Ibex Hill, Lusaka and that he further indicated that there were nine flats to be connected to Zesco power grid.
He said the application was made on December 10, 2014 and Chimese appended his signature on the said application.
Chisanga said the electrician, K. Phiri, also signed on Chimese’s application form and he indicated that he would give technical information on behalf of Chimese.
“The technical information was that there was no electricity supply on the premises and he needed three phase underground cables. He indicated that the premises to be connected was 1/9/38B/488 and the owner of the premises was E. M. Chimese. The type of work; he indicated new installation which is the new installation to a building with no power,” Chisanga said.
“The same plot number is indicated by both the customer and the electrician. It is the same plot number but there are nine flats to be connected.”
Chisanga further narrated that DEC wanted accounts created for the said connections.