LUSAKA senior magistrate Greenwell Malumani has acquitted Zambia Law Development Commission director Hope Ndhlovu Chanda after finding her with no case to answer in a matter she was charged with one count of corrupt practices.
In this case, Chanda was charged with one count of corrupt acquisition of public services.
Allegations were that Chanda of Lusaka West,
between June 1, 2016 and June 32, 2017 willfully failed to comply with laid down procedure by awarding a contract in the sum of K60,000 to Chipo Mushota Nkhata for consultancy work in the Law Reform Audit (constitutional conformity), a matter or transaction which involved ZLDC, a public body.
Chanda had pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution called several witnesses who testified against her.
Ruling on whether or not Chanda had a case to answer, magistrate Malumani said having analysed the law applicable to the case and having a privilege to analyse the evidence on record, he was persuaded to invoke section 206 of the Criminal Procedure Code chapter 88 of the laws of Zambia to retain no case to answer.
“I am quite sufficiently persuaded to invoke section 206 of the Criminal Procedure Code chapter 88 of the laws of Zambia and hereby retain no case to answer. The accused person is accordingly acquitted and set at liberty,” he said.
Magistrate Malumani further said as he indicated earlier; “I am not obliged to give reasons.”