My evidence is hearsay-witness

A WITNESS in the case in which former Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale is accused of theft by public servant yesterday admitted that her evidence was hearsay as she was basing it on a report.

Mwale is together with his former deputy Boniface Nkhata accused of theft of 20 bicycles valued at K 11,000.

Doris Nyangu 48, of Ibex Lusaka, a former Director of Human Resource at the Ministry of Mines, yesterday admitted that the evidence was based on a report she received that bicycles distributed to Chipata were stolen.

She said in cross examination that her evidence in the case was hearsay as she was not part of the team which travelled to Chipta to distribute the Bicycles.

This was after she was asked by defence lawyers to confirm that her evidence was hearsay as she was only told about the stolen bicycles.

Mr Zulu told Mrs Nyangu that her testimony was irrelevant because her evidence was hearsay.

Mrs Nyangu said it was the Acting Director of Ministry of Mines Billy Chewe who travelled to Chipata. She stated that the bicycles which were alleged to have been stolen were meant for small scale Miners to facilitate for the HIV Aids programme and were donated by ZANARA.

Mrs Nyangu disclosed that the bicycles were distributed to four main areas namely Chipata Bureau, the Copperbelt, Southern and Lusaka while 20 of the bicycles remained at the Geological survey Department.

She said the distribution of the Bicycles in the respective areas was authorized by  Dr Godwin Beene, the then Ministry of Mines permanent secretary.

Magistrate Ruth Chilembo adjourned the matter to September 12 for continued trial.