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Chikwanda, Chitunhu plead not guilty to possession of stolen property

FORMER Miss Zambia Cynthia Chikwanda and her Zimbabwean partner Benjamin Chitunhu have been granted K8,000 bail each after they pleaded not guilty to being found in possession of assorted vehicle parts suspected to be stolen property.

Chikwanda, who was also facing a charge of destroying evidence, denied the charge.

Chikwanda, 40, a sales manager and Chitunhu, 32, a businessman took their pleas before magistrate K. Sakwanda.

In the first count, it was alleged that Chikwanda and Chitunhu on January 24 at Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown were in possession of assorted parts of motor vehicle registration number ALJ 8125 which was reasonably suspected of having been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

Chikwanda is further accused of destroying evidence on unknown dates but between January 23 and 24, 2019 at Lusaka and wilfully destroyed assorted parts of the same vehicle they were found with which were required in evidence in court.

The duo was arrested on January 24.

Magistrate Sakwanda set February 18 for mention while trial is expected to commence on February 25.

And the duo’s lawyer James Mataliro said his clients have satisfied the requirements needed for grant of bail.

Magistrate Sakwanda granted the duo K8,000 bail in their own recognisance with two working sureties in like sum and conditions.

Meanwhile, principal resident magistrate David Simusamba adjourned to Wednesday the case in which Chitunhu allegedly stole a motor vehicle registration No ALJ 8125 valued at K69,000, the property of Patel Bhavin Kumar.

The State is supposed to amend the charge sheet to include Chikwanda.

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