Chimese, Chungu plead not guilty
By Staff Reporter
RETIRED Zambia Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Eric Chimese, his wife Sharon and businessman James Chungu have pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse of authority of office and money laundering.
Lt Gen Chimese, 50 a pilot, Sharon Gray Chimese, 45, and Chungu, 51 who is Chita Lodges managing director, appeared for plea before Lusaka magistrate Nsunge Chanda.
It is alleged in count one and two of abuse of authority of office
that Lt Gen Chimese between June 2015 and June 2018 at Lusaka being a public officer at the time, namely ZAF commander, in abuse of authority of office engaged Jack Mwape, a casual daily employee of ZAF, a public body, to install tiles on his private property situated at farm number 4301/31 in Eureka area and also at Plot no. 2303 /Q in Ibex Hill, an arbitrary act which was prejudicial to the interest of the Republic of Zambia.
In count three and four also of abuse of authority, it is alleged that Lt Gen Chimese during the same period engaged Katema Chuulu to install tiles at his properties in Ibex Hill and Eureka area.
Further, Lt Gen Chimese and Chungu in the fifth count involving money laundering are alleged to have between January 2012 and February 2019 at Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together concealed and disguised the rights with respect to ownership of nine flats, one single storey building, one guest wing and one semi-detached cottage situated on Farm no. 2303 /Q in Ibex Hill, knowing or having knowledge to believe that the said properties were proceeds of crime.
In count six, allegations are that Lt Gen Chimese during the same period possessed nine flats, one single storey building, one guest wing and one semi-detached cottage situated on Farm no. 2303 /Q in Ibex Hill, knowing or having knowledge to believe that the said properties were proceeds of crime.
Count seven is in respect of Lt Gen Chimese and his wife, Sharon with allegations being that the couple between January 2012 and February 2019 at Chilanga jointly and whilst acting together, possessed two houses situated on Farm no. 4301/31 Eureka area knowing or having knowledge to believe that the said property was proceeds of crime.
The trio all pleaded not guilty as per instructions of their lawyers Kelvin Bwalya, Mark Jaime and Kebby Wishimanga.
Earlier, deputy chief State advocate Gamaliel Zimba and principal State advocate Gracilia Mulenga, told magistrate Chanda that the Director of Public Prosecutions have consented the prosecution of the matter.
Magistrate Chanda adjourned the case to May 3 for commencement of trial.