By PERPETUAL SICHIKWENKWE –
TWO Ministry of Justice accounts assistants have been dragged to court for allegedly stealing more than K200,000 from the ministry.
Nixon Muuka, 29, and Richard Sinkonde, 35, of Kamwala Township and Chongwe, respectively, are charged with three counts of theft, forgery and uttering a false document contrary to the law.
It is alleged in the first count, Muuka and Sinkonde, on September 19, 2013 in Lusaka, jointly and while acting together with intent to deceive or defraud, did forge cheque number 1901 in the sum of K247,250 by purporting to show that it was genuinely issued by authorised signatories at the Ministry of Justice.
It is alleged in the second count that the two on September 23, 2013, jointly and while acting together knowingly and fraudulently did utter a false document namely, cheque number 1901 to Maclina Mweemba.
Muuka and Sinkonde are in the third count alleged to have, on September 23, 2013, being persons employed by the Ministry of Justice as account assistants, did steal K247,250 cash, the property of the Government of Zambia.
The money came into their possession by virtue of their employment.
Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda allocated the matter to Principal Magistrate Aridah Chuulu.
The accused were not before court at the time the matter was being allocated.