Court adjourns suspended magistrate’s case

THE case of suspended Lusaka magistrate Maggie Kunda Tantameni who is jointly charged with three others for abuse of authority of office and theft of ephedrine worth over K1.8 million has been adjourned to October 31 because one of the accused has a bereavement.

Tantameni, Felix Mkandawire a court interpreter, Francis Mphanza, a senior public prosecutor, and Didie Kangwa a senior clerk of court are charged with abuse of authority, removal of property under lawful seizure and stealing by persons in public service.

When the case came up for the State’s response to an application by Tantameni’s lawyer Prosper Muyatwa, Chisamba-based magistrate Susan Mangalashi, who was sitting in Lusaka, was notified that Mphanza was not before court due to a bereavement.

Mphanza lost his wife and she was put to rest on Tuesday.

Tantameni has asked the court to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court for determination of whether she can be tried by a court of equal jurisdiction.

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