Power and Politics

Lubinda, Patriotic Front vice president, to face corruption charges as govt alleges money laundering


Patriotic Front (PF) vice-president, Given Lubinda, has been found with a case to answer in a matter he is facing four counts of being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The former Minister of Justice has pleaded not guilty to all the four charges.

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On Tuesday, magistrate Sanford Ngobola found Lubinda with a case to answer and placed him on defence.

Magistrate Ngobola said a prima facie case had been established against the accused.

“In the present case, the appearance of evidence is such that there is a prima facie case and with such evidence, I find the accused with a case to answer. In the light of the foregoing, I find the accused with the case to answer in all four counts of possession of properties suspected to be proceeds of crimes. Accordingly, the accused is put on his defence,” he ruled.

It was alleged that Lubinda on March 3, 2018, in Lusaka, received US$ 50,000 from China Africa Cotton Limited, property reasonably suspected of being a proceed of crime.

In count two, the PF vice-president was on February 2,2019 alleged to have received US$100,000 from Qingdao Ruichang Cotton Industrial Company Limited suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Lubinda is in the third count alleged to have received US$80,000 on December 23, 2019 from Qingdao Ruichang Cotton Industrial Company Limited suspected to be proceeds of crime.

And in the last count, on March 15, 2019, Lubinda was alleged to have disposed of US$50,000 which was suspected to be dirty money to Sunshare Investment as part payment towards the purchase of a plot property no. C1,56 at Kingsland City in Lusaka.

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