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Ex-UNZA student in Court for allegedly stealing 16 computers


A former student at the University of Zambia (UNZA) has been dragged to Court for allegedly stealing 16 sets of computers worth over K68,000, belonging to the learning institution, claiming he wanted to use them for his project.

Heniric Chisenga, 30, is charged with the offense of breaking into a building and committing a felony, contrary to Section 303 (a) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.

Particulars are that Chisenga on August 18,2023,broke and entered into UNZA
library and stole 16 sets of computers with three accessories valued at K68,075.

Testifying before Lusaka Magistrate, Mutinta Mwenya, Detective Sergeant, Rose Chulu, based at Chelstone Police Station, said Chisenga used one of the keys to enter the Agriculture department laboratory.

“1 was told every student access the room as long as they log in a book and will be given the key to the room. Once the key is given to the student, the key should be returned to the secretary or the Head of Department,” she said.

She narrated that a check in the log in book showed Chisenga had not returned the key.

Chulu attempted to reach the accused but failed as his phone was off.

She told the Court that Chisenga was apprehended the same day around 20:00 hours by police officers stationed at UNZA.

“He claimed he never stole the computers but that he had a project with an NGO and needed to use the computers. Asked why he never alerted the school, he claimed he was a well known person and always in the room where the computers were stolen. It was later established that he was no longer a student at UNZA,but an ex- student of Agriculture,” she testified.

The investigations officer was led to Vet hostel in a common room where the accused had covered the computers on a banker bed.

Chulu said 15 computers were recovered and the accused was later warned and cautioned.

Magistrate Mwenya adjourned the matter to January 12, 2024 for ruling while Chisenga remained in custody.

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