Suspended police chief, Mary Tembo pleads not guilty

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SUSPENDED Copperbelt commissioner of police Mary Tembo has refused to appear before the Ndola Magistrate’s Court, saying she was arrested in Lusaka and could only appear in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.
SUSPENDED Copperbelt commissioner of police Mary Tembo has refused to appear before the Ndola Magistrate’s Court, saying she was arrested in Lusaka and could only appear in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court.

Suspended Copperbelt Police Commissioner Mary Tembo has pleaded not guilty to two counts of abuse of authority in the Ndola magistrate court.

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Before Chief Resident Magistrate Paul Chisha was Tembo, 53 , who gave two residential addresses saying she resided at house number 4, Bokafu Street, in Ndola and Plot 37 Lusaka West farms respectively.

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The chief Resident Magistrate asked Tembo to give one specific residential address but she insisted that she resided at both addresses.

The state was represented by Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) chief legal and prosecutions officers Boniface Chiwala and Stella Mulenga who applied for the matter to be adjourned to February 2014 for commencement of trail.

ACC Chief Legal Prosecutions Officer Chiwala applied that the matter be adjourned to February 2014 as the Lawyer for Tembo Milner Katolo will be on break during the Christmas holidays.

Chief Resident Magistrate Chisha adjourned the matter to February 3, 4, 5 and 6, 2014 for commencement of trail.

Tembo was arrested on November 13, 2013 and charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office by the ACC.

Particulars of the offence are that in the first count, it is alleged that Tembo, on dates unknown but between the May 1 and June 30, 2013 abused the office authority of her office as Commissioner of police for the copperbelt province by obtaining a Toyota Corolla registration number AAX5716 from Grizzly Mining Limited which she registered in her names thereby obtaining benefits for herself.

In the second count, it is alleged that Tembo on dates unknown but between November 1 and December 31, 2012 in Ndola, abused her authority of office as Commissioner of Police for the Copperbelt Province by asking Grizzy Mining Limited, a private company, to fix her personal vehicle namely Toyota Cressida registration F100.

The ACC arrested Tembo for abuse of Authority of office contrary to section 21 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.

 

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