Seven people have appeared before the Samfya Magistrate court for naming a local businessman a wizard and looting stock his shop valued at KR16.945.
And Samfya Magistrate Court has convicted a Lunga District Council Accountant Brian Bwale pending sentencing for theft by Public servant of public funds amounting to KR 71,258.
Appearing before Magistrate Chimuka Mutafela were Chilufya Kasote, Daison Mwape, Mwaya Museshi, Christopher Mwelwa, Jonas Mwansa and Prisca Chibwe.
The seven were jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons did name Elias Chabu as being a wizard contrary to section 3(a) of the witchcraft act chapter 90 of the penal code.
Facts were that the accused were said to have allegedly named Chabu a wizard between the 1st Day of December 2012 to the 19th January 2013 at Samfya, in the Samfya district of the Luapula Province of the Republic of Zambia.
In the second count, particulars of the offense are that the group during the night of 19th January 2013 allegedly, jointly and whilst acting together did break and enter the shop of Elias Chabu with intent to steal stock in the said shop.
Consequently goods such as 100 fishing nets, Chitenge materials, bicycle parts and other groceries amounting to the value of over KR16, 000 were stolen during the said break-in. Trial continues.
And in a similar development, the Samfya Magistrate Court has convicted a Lunga District Council Accountant Brian Bwale pending sentencing for theft by Public servant of public funds amounting to KR 71,258.
Before magistrate Timothy Daka was Bwale who stood charged for theft by public servant contrary to section 272 and 277 of the penal code of chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Particulars of offense are that between the 21st Day of December 2012 and 4th Day of January 2013 in Samfya District of the Luapula province of the Republic of Zambia Bwale, being a public servant to the Lunga district Council did commit the offense.
The statement of facts are that Bwale as an Accounts Officer of the Lunga District Council did steal over K71, 000,000( Million-old currency) cash money which came into his possession by virtue of his employment, the property of his employer, the Lunga District Council.
Meting out the conviction, Magistrate Daka ordered that Council Secretary Oswell Mpofu and his un named treasurer to be present in court to confirm if in admittance of the charge how much of the said public funds had been recovered from Bwale.
The Magistrate reserved the matter for sentencing to a later date.
And in mitigation Bwale pleaded the courts leniency saying he had learnt a lesson and had a family to look after and would never involve himself in similar acts.
However magistrate Daka sustained Bwale’s remand to prison pending sentencing.