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Ex-Defence Minister, Mwamba, seeks court relief for DPP, ACC bosses to appear physically in court


Ex-Defence Minister, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, has sought court relief for Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Director General, to appear in person at the Lusaka Magistrate court on October 19 and 20, 2023 without fail.

Those to appear are DPP Gilbert Phiri, and ACC Director General, Thom Shamakamba.

Mwamba wants the duo to appear to testify before the court in the matter he pleaded not guilty to eight counts of conflict of interest, one count of money laundering and 15 counts of being in possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Mwamba in summons to witness statement stated that Phiri and Shamakamba should appear before Senior Magistrate Sandford Ngobola and testify what they know pursuant to Sections 143 and 148 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 41 of the Subordinate Court Act, Chapter 28 of the Laws of Zambia.

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Mwamba also asked that Phiri should bring, produce and place a letter to the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission dated July 6, 2016 with references Re: Declaration of Interest GBM and MOD/71/2/1C.

He filed that Phiri should also bring the letter dated October 5, 2011 with reference Re: Declaration of Interest – Curzon Global Limited, written by the Accused to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, which original was in his custody and should bring the book register where entries of letters are received and entered for October 12, 2020.

Mwamba also wanted ACC boss, Shamakamba to appear before court and bring with him, produce and place aforesaid letter to the Director General of the Anti-Corruption Commission dated July, 6 2016 with references Re: Declaration of Interest – GBM and MOD/71/2/1C, which original is in his Custody and stamped July 6, 2016 and August 10, 2020.

He also stated that the two should appear in person without fail in the name of the President at 09:00 hours.

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