Govt, ex-Konkola Copper Mine provisional liquidator, Lungu, agree to settle out of court


Former Konkola Copper Mine (KCM) Provisional Liquidator, Milingo Lungu, and the State have resolved to settle the matter in which he was challenging the lifting of his immunity from prosecution, out of court.

Last November, the Constitutional Court adjourned to this February, to allow the Petitioner, the Attorney-General and the Administrator-General engage in an excuria settlement .

Milingo had now filed a notice of discontinuce into court.

“That given the happenings in this matter, it is my considered view that this matter be taken out so as to allow parties discuss its resolution away from court.

That on the above stated ground, I wish to have this matter discontinued,” he said.

In May 2022 the Drug Enforcement Commission through its Anti-Money Laundering unit sought to initiate criminal proceedings in relation to money laundering against Milingo in relation to matters of the non- prosecution agreement.

This was after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Gilbert Phiri, lifted his immunity agreement against prosecution.

Milingo, however, challenged the decision by filing a petition in the Constitutional Court.

In the petition, he alleged that State House led by Principal Private Secretary to President Hakainde Hichilema, Bradford Machila, bargained with him to resign as KCM Provisional Liquidator and a nolle prosequi entered in two matters he was accused of money laundering.

Others allegedly involved in the bargain process with Milingo to resign were Special Assistant to the President for Legal Affairs, Christopher Mundia, Attorney-General Mulilo Kabesha, Solicitor-General Marshal Muchende, then Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Lillian Siyuni and Ms Natasha Kalimukwa, Administrator-General and Official Receiver of KCM.

He had alleged that State House was involved in the decision by DPP, Siyuni, to enter nolle prosequi in the matter before Lusaka Magistrate, Felix Kaoma, for alleged theft and money laundering of K4.4 million and another involving K17.250 presided over by magistrate Jennifer Bwalya.

KCM which had been been placed under liquidation since 2019, was last September given back to Vedanta Resources.

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