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Muchemwa to know fate July 26, as court concludes hearing on charges of corrupt enrichment


The Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has concluded the case against Francis Muchemwa, also known as Commander Two, who is accused of possessing property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The court would deliver its judgment on July 26, 2024.

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Muchemwa, along with two companies, Friltech Networks Zambia Ltd and Altitude Properties Ltd, pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing criminal proceeds and failing to comply with the Income Tax Act.

Despite being found with a case to answer, the defense failed to present all witnesses and requested an adjournment, which State prosecutor Chawezi Nalwenga objected to.

The prosecutor argued that the defense had ample time to subpoena witnesses from ZESCO and had only called four of the eight promised witnesses.

Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate Davies Chibwili refused the adjournment, citing the defense’s failure to conclude their case despite previous adjournments.

“Defense not having instructions on how to proceed and the earlier ruling that the case will not be adjourned. I will then consider the defense case closed and I will proceed to receive submissions,” Magistrate Chibwili ruled.

The court would now receive submissions and deliver its judgment on July 26, 2024.

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