Nevers abuse of office case fails to take off

THE Lusaka Magistrates Court yesterday adjourned a case in which MMD president Nevers Mumba is alleged to have abused his authority of his office while he served as envoy to Canada.

The case was adjourned due to the absence of the trial magistrate.

Mumba is accused of failing to comply with procedures in receiving and disbursing CAD$122, 229.85, and illegally awarding a contract for electrical works (CAD$9,000) to Restcon Construction Services and carpeting at the High Commissioner’s residence to Argos Carpet Limited at a cost of (CAD$19,850).

The matter was scheduled for continuation of trial before Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda.

The matter comes up on August 28.

Mumba is also alleged to have awarded a contract for the construction of a deck at the Zambian High Commissioner’s residence valued at CAD$5,248 to Stanmark Construction.

Meanwhile, another case in which a teacher of Roma Girls Secondary School Daswell Sichilongo is alleged to have battered a school Head teacher Emma Chakupalesa failed to take off due to the absence of the trial magistrate in the matter.

Mr Sichilongo 53, pleaded not guilty to assaulting the Catholic nun  and was arrested and charged with assault.

The matter came up for a continuation of trial and was

adjourned to October 27.

Another case  in which  former MMD secretary general Major Richard Kachingwe is alleged to have been assaulted by Watson Mtonga, Boman Lusambo, Scorpion Kadobi and Chiwele Maimisa was also adjourned because the trial magistrate was attending to other court cases.

The matter will come up on August 28 for continued trial.

It is alleged that the four on December 1, 2012, while in Lusaka, jointly and while acting together with others people unknown assaulted Maj. Kachingwe thereby occasioning actual bodily harm.