Power and Politics

Party leader, Fube, 8 others dragged to court for alleged money laundering


Zambia Must Prosper leader, Kelvin Bwalya Fube, and four others have been dragged to court for money laundering charges, failure to report suspicious transactions and possession of property suspected to be processed of crime.

Fube, 59, of Kabulonga, a Lawyer, is jointly charged with Beauty Chama, 39, a data clerk of Jack Compound, Ibrahim Mitha, 35, of Emmasdale, Hassan Hanif Mitha, 28 and Bwalya Chitalu Kalandanya, 47 of Olympia all businessmen.

When the matter came up on Tuesday for allocation, Chief resident magistrate Davies Chibwili allocated it to Senior magistrate Sylvia Munyinya for possible plea.

However, plea could not take off on grounds that all accused persons were out of town.

This was after the defense lawyers informed the court that their clients where not before court and plea could not take off.

“We are applying for an adjournment as all our clients are not before court but out of town,” Defense submitted.

The state did not object to the application and the court set June 2, 2023 for commencement of plea.

In count one, Chama is charged with Possession of Property Reasonably suspected of being Proceeds of Crime contrary to Section 71(1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

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In count two, Fube, Mitha, Hanif Mitha and Kalandanya are charged with Money Laundering Contrary to Section 7 of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act No. 14 of 2001 as Read with Section (3) (b) (i) and (iii) Of the Amended Act NO. 44 OF 2010 of the laws of Zambia.

In count three, Fube is charged with Failure to report a suspicious Transaction Contrary to Section 29 as read with section 45 of the Financial Intelligence Centre Act NO. 45 OF 2010 of the laws of Zambia.

It is alleged that Chama, on dates unknown but between March 1, 2017 and February 28, 2022 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown did possess seven flats at stand No. JES/ 118 situate in Jesmondine valued at K6,125,000.00 property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

In count two, it is alleged that Chama, Mitha, Hanif Mitha, Kalandanya and Fube on dates unknown but between March 1, 2017 and February 28, 2022 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together, with other persons unknown, did engage directly or indirectly in a transaction that involved proceeds of crime.

Details in the last count, Fube on dates unknown but between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, did negligently fail to submit a suspicious report to the centre.

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