JOSEPH MALANJI, a former KWACHA member of parliament, and FREDSON YAMBA, a former secretary to the Treasury, have both entered not-guilty pleas to charges of corruption and possession of items allegedly used as the proceeds of crime.
Before Lusaka Resident Magistrate IREEN WISHIMANGA, the two entered a plea yesterday Friday.
In this case, Mr. MALANJI is accused of possessing items that were allegedly used as the profits of crime, whilst Mr. YAMBA is accused of willfully breaking the law twice.
It is claimed that between January 2020 and August 2022, Mr. MALANJI, along with unidentified persons, held a helicopter that was thought to be a criminal profit in Lusaka.
Mr. MALANJI is also accused of owning the GIBSON Royal Hotel in KITWE, which is presumed to have been the proceeds of crime, throughout the period under consideration.
In the meantime, Mr. YAMBA is accused of transferring more than 108 million KWACHA to ZAMBIA’s mission account in Turkey between January 2020 and August 2022 while acting together with others and without abiding by the rules and regulations.
Additionally, Mr. MALANJI is charged with improperly transferring over 45 million KWACHA to ZAMBIA’s mission account in Turkey within the same time frame.
The case has been postponed to the trial date of October 7, 2022.