THE case in which suspended Copperbelt Police Commissioner Mary Tembo is charged with two counts of abuse of office failed to take off and was adjourned to April 2014.
Ndola Chief Resident Magistrate Paul Chisha adjourned the commencement of trail for Tembo today to April 1,3 and 4 for this year after granting the application by the state for an adjournment.
Anti-Corruption Commission Chief legal prosecutor Kapetwa Phiri who represented the state in making the application told the court that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) had called for a re- file to the issue for further instruction on the
He however, apologised to the defence lawyers Derrick Mulenga from Derrick Mulenga and company with his partner Milner Katolo from Katolo and Associates both of Ndola, the accused person and the court for the inconvenience caused.
But the defense objected to the application saying the State prosecutors had more than 30 days to do what they intended to do adding that they hoped that this would not happen again.
Tembo, 53, of 4 Bukafu Road in Ndola and Plot 37 Lusaka West farms in Lusaka is facing two counts of abuse of authority contrary to the laws of Zambia.
In the first count, Tembo between May 1 and June 30 last year in Ndola being a public officer namely , Commissioner of police for the Copperbelt Province, abused authority of her office by obtaining a Toyota Corolla AAX 5716 from Grizzy Mining Limited which she registered in her name.
Tembo in the second count between November 1 and December 31, 2012 in Ndola working in the same capacity on the Copperbelt province abused her authority by attempting to get Grizzy Mining Limited, A private company to fix her personal Toyota Cressida F100, which she had delivered to the company using public resources.
Magistrate Chisha adjourned the case to 1, 3 and 4 April, 2014 for commencement of trail and extended police bond for the accused person.