Court extends bench warrant for sureties of fugitive clergyman facing swindling charges

JUDGMENT in a case where a clergyman is alleged to have swindled several residents of Lusaka’s Kabanana compound of their money failed to take off last week because the accused is still on the run.


When the matter came up before Lusaka resident magistrate Alice Walusiku, state prosecutors informed the court that the accused, apostle Paul Mulenga, was still at large but his co-accused were present.


Magistrate Walusiku had issued a bench warrant against apostle Mulenga of International Ministries and Affiliated Churches on June 29, 2017 following his non-appearance in court.


State prosecutors applied to have apostle Mulenga’s sureties who were equally absent in court brought on warrant to explain his whereabouts.


Magistrate Walusiku then extended the bench warrant to the two sureties of the apostle returnable on July 27.


In this matter, apostle Mulenga and five others are facing 37 counts of theft amounting to over K9,000.


Several Kabanana residents were allegedly swindled by apostle Mulenga and his agents on the pretext that they would be recruited as election agents and civic educators for the referendum held last year.

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