10 suspects including 7 Lusaka Magistrate’s court officials re-arrested over stolen 24kg of cocaine


Ten suspects which include seven Lusaka Magistrate court officials linked to the theft of over 24 kilograms of cocaine exhibit that went missing at the Lusaka magistrate court have been rearrested.

The rearrest of the ten suspects came after the state entered a nolle prosequi against the accused persons when the matter came up before a Kafue based Magistrate Kawama Mwamfuli sitting in Lusaka.

When the matter came up for a continued trial the state informed the court that they were in receipt of instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) who has since discontinued the matter against all the accused persons through a nolle prosequi.

The court then discontinued the matter and granted the suspects temporal freedom as a nolle was not an acquittal.

But immediately after the suspects left the court room they have been faced with a rearrest and have since been taken to the police station were they will be given new charges before they appear before court.

The suspects Eric Chipango, business man, Emmanuel Chimba, businessman, Emmanuel Chirwa, court interpreter, Bearvan Mengo, court interpreter and Mathews Mukanda also a court interpretor.

Others Victor Nzaila, court interpreter, Florence Mushoka , court Interpol and only female, O’Brian Muyunda, court interpreter, Didie Kangwa, senior clerk of court and Charles Nkhuwa a business man are are facing three counts of trafficking in narcotic drugs and possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

It is alleged in the first count that the 10 between November 1, 2017 and September 14 this year, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did traffic in phychotropic substances namely 80.11grammes of cocaine without lawful authority.

In the second count, it alleged that Chimba on the same dates, trafficked in psychotropic substances namely 1.5 Grammer of cocaine without lawful authority.

Chimba is in the third count alleged to have received, possessed or concealed an unregistered black Mercedes Benz valued at K49, 000 property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The alleged drugs went missing in August 2018 and were exhibits in a matter in which three Lusaka men were appearing before Chief resident magistrate, Kenneth Mulife.

The suspects are expected to appear in court soon.

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