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Ex-cabinet minister, Kampyongo, wife Chirwa to answer to allegations of over K29 million fraud


Former cabinet minister in the Patriotic Front (PF) government, Stephen Kampyongo and his wife, Wanziya Chirwa, have a mammoth task to prove their innocence in a matter they are facing 11 counts of possession of property suspected of being proceeds of crime worth over K29 million.

This was after Lusaka Magistrate, Sylvia Munyinya, found the couple with a case to answer to the charges contrary to section 71 (1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

Magistrate Munyinya ruled on Wednesday, that the Prosecution had establised a prima facie case against the accused.

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“In casu, I have considered the evidence on record and it appears to me that a prima facie case has been established warranting the accused persons being called upon to make their defence on the respective counts. Having said this, I invite the accused persons herein to make their defence on the subject offences,” she said.

In this matter it is alleged that Kampyongo between January 1, 2012 and September 30, 2021, did possess property number Lus/38467 located off Twin Palm Road in Lusaka valued at K1, 600, 000; and, property number Lus/24406 located off Lilayi Road, Libala South valued at K860, 000.
It is also alleged that he possesses property number F/135/4301 and property number F/137/4301 both located in Eureka Park comprising incomplete double storey house valued at K11, 100, 000.00; property number KAF/Ln 59832/8 and KAF/59832/9 in Chifwema area valued at K1, 600, 000.

Charges against Chirwa are that between January 1, 2012 and September 30, 2021 she possessed property number F/135/4301 and property number F/179/4301 located in Eureka Park off Kafue Road valued at K11, 100, 000.00.

It is also alleged that she possesses property number F/33/a/F/2470 and property number F/33/a/F/2471 located in Meanwood Ndeke, Lusaka valued at K2, 100, 000.

Further allegations are that, Chirwa possesses property number F/609/E/77/A48 and property number F/609/E/77/A485 located in Foxdale Lusaka valued at K5, 200, 000 property number L/2131/m/a/2/cl/11 valued at K1, 200, 000.00 located in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, property number L/2131/M/A/2/CL/10 valued at K1, 200, 000.00 located in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, property number L/30168/m and property number L/30167/M located in Mikango Lusaka valued at K2, 110, 000.

It is also suspected that Chirwa did possess K1, 382, 513.84 and K1, 200, 000 in two separate bank accounts held with Indo Zambia Bank.

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