Former First lady, Esther Lungu, and four others will face a criminal trial before the Lusaka Magistrate Court starting on November 27, 2023.
Esther on October 4 pleaded not guilty to a criminal indictment accusing her of theft of motor vehicles and certificate of title to a land located in Libala.
Appearing for mention before Lusaka Magistrate, Mbuywana Sinvula, the former first lady was jointly charged with James Phiri and Lee Chisulo, both police officers, Kapambwe Lungu and Catherine Banda.
Magistrate Sinvula adjourned the matter to November 27, this year for commencement of trial.
Esther was accompanied by her husband, former President Edgar Lungu and other senior Patrotic Front officials.
In count one, allegations are that the accused persons between August 9, 2021 and September 30, 2022 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together, did steal a motor vehicle namely a Mitsubishi Canter registration number BAV 5282 valued at K320,000.00, the property of Elizabeth Change Phiri.
In count two, allegations are that the five on the same date, in Lusaka, did steal a Toyuta Runnex registration number BLA 9772 valued at K 110,000.00 the property of Elizabeth Change Phiri.
In count three, it is alleged that the Esther jointly and whilst acting together with the other four suspects, between August 9, 2021 and September 30, 2022 did steal a Toyota Alex registration number BAV 3986 valued at K 110,000.00 the property of Furhana Patel.
In count four, the former First lady, Chisulo, Lungu and Banda on the same date in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together, allegedly stole a Certificate of tittle relating to stand No. S/LUSAKA/0003/2977 located in Libala Lusaka Water Works valued at K 1 ,050,000.00, the property of Elizabeth Change Phiri.
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