RTSA scam: Three charged with theft


THREE out of the six Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) employees who were apprehended at the weekend and detained in Kabwe for allegedly being involved in a scam in which the government is believed to have lost an undisclosed amount of money have been charged with theft by public servant.
Central Province police commissioner Lombe Kamukoshi could not, however, disclose the particulars of the six officers.
The suspects were detained at different police stations in Kabwe to help police with investigations into the scam.


Ms Kamukoshi said in an interview on Wednesday that an agent from Nakonde who had been arrested with the officers has also been charged with theft by public servant.
“Preliminary investigations indicated that the offences were believed to have occurred between May and October this year,” Ms Kamukoshi said.
She said the police are yet to establish the amount of money involved in the racket.
Ms Kamukoshi said the officers were apprehended for allegedly issuing forged security documents in which RTSA has been losing money.
“When the manager (in Nakonde) noticed this, investigations were instituted, which led to the discovery of the serial numbers for the trucks which were from Kabwe,” Ms Kamukoshi said.
She said the officers, alongside a Tanzanian clearing agent, were apprehended in Kabwe.