TWO SPECTRA Oil managers and a company representative have pleaded not guilty to charges of contravening an order to cease construction of a filling station in Lusaka’s Woodland’s area.
Company representative Robert Ngoma, a director Maxmillan Hamukale, 47, who is also the chief financial officer, and Hyden Banda, 44, an operations manager were arrested by officers from the Zambia Environmental Management Authority on March 29.
Yesterday, the trio, represented by lawyer Lubinda Linyama, pleaded not guilty to both charges.
It is alleged in the first count that Spectra Oil Corporation Limited in Lusaka, Hamukale and Banda on unknown dates but between 3 and 29, 2017 whilst acting together contravened an order to cease operations dated March 3 in respect of project activities for construction of a fuel service station at the corner of Kawama and Mosi-Oa-Tunya roads in Woodlands without approval from ZEMA.
Count two alleges that the oil company implemented a project of constructing the fuel service station without a decision letter approving the project.
The case comes up for trial on May 2.