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Police detain ex-First Lady Lungu, four others over alleged theft of vehicles, certificate of title, corruption


Police in Lusaka have arrested and formally charged the former First Lady Esther Lungu, aged 66, with four others, on three counts of theft of motor vehicles.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Danny Mwale, identified those arrested with the former First Lady as James Phiri, aged 49, Lee Chisulo, aged 31, Kapambwe Lungu, aged 42, and Catherine Banda, aged 30, all of Lusaka.

Mwale in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday said the offence is contrary to section 281(a) (2) of chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

He said the suspects have also been charged on one count of theft of a certificate of title for a property seating on stand number S/Lusaka/SLN 0003/2977 in Libala South.

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“Lungu has also been charged and arrested for the offence of possession of property believed to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 (1) (a) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act Number 19 of 2010,” Mwale said.

He added that all the suspects are currently detained in Police custody.

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