The controversial K14billion Zambian Airways case file which disappeared from the Lusaka High Court registry has finally been found and the matter is scheduled for hearing this morning before Judge Justin Chashi.
Officers at the registry could not explain the sudden re-appearance of the case file which had gone missing for many months thereby raising anxieties among a number of interested parties who wished to join the case.
The matter which had gone to the Supreme Court on appeal by the Zambian Airways Directors Mutembo Nchito- the Director of Public Prosecutions, Fred M’membe- the owner of the Post Newspaper and Nchima Nchito was referred back to the High Court on a technicality.
Judge Justin Chashi who was one of the Judges that cleared PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has been assigned the case.
Zambian Voice Chief Executive Chilufya Tayali said the disappearance of the file had made it impossible to file appropriate papers to join the case “But we now had sight of the file, we are preparing papers to join the case.” He said.
“That money cannot be lost on technicality it can be used to build schools or other worthy public projects. That is why we are keen in join.” He said.
Last year more than 40 prominent Zambians signed a petition which they submitted to State House , the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Minister of Finance demanding that the K14billuion obtained from DBZ by Zambian Airways should be refunded without fail.
They were dismayed that Government had intended to withdraw the matter from court and wanted to impress on the Government to recover the money which Judge Nigel Mutuna had found was obtained by fraudulent misrepresentation.