AN ARRESTING officer has told the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court that the signatures on the documents relating to Mwamona Engineering Technical Services Limited had the NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili’s signature, purporting that it belonged to his son, Mwamba. This is in a matter where Kambwili is facing charges of forgery, uttering false documents and giving false information to a public officer. Detective chief inspector Stanley Mumbula of Lusaka division told Lusaka magistrate David Simusamba that the documents at the Patents and Company Registration Agency (PACRA) showed that Kambwili’s wife Carol and Mwamba were the listed directors of Mwamona.
He said he checked the company’s documents and discovered that the national registration number under Mwamba’s name belonged to Kambwili’s sister Sampa. Mumbula said on October 28, 2017, he received a complaint from Economic and Equity party leader Chilufya Tayali that there was a company named Mwamona Engineering and Technical Services Limited, which was not properly registered at PACRA. The witness said Tayali alleged that Kambwili was signing some documents as director for Mwamona when he was not a director.
“Acting on the information, I started investigating the issue. I visited PACRA and requested for files for Mwamona. After going through the files, I discovered that there were two directors for Mwamona, namely Carol Chansa and Mwamba Chishimba,” Mumbula said.
He said the documents indicated that Chansa was a holder of NRC number 235023/66/1 while Mwamba was the holder of NRC number 239643/68/1. Mumbula narrated that he also discovered that documents among them, a no change return purported that Mwamba had signed them, when they were in fact signed by Kambwili. He disclosed that in 2007, Kambwili got a police report indicating that he lost documents relating to the registration of Mwamona.
Mumbula said he investigated further to know the identity of the directors and discovered that the NRC used by Mwamba during the registration of Mwamona, belonged to Kambwili’s sister.
“When I subjected all the documents relating to Mwamona to a handwriting expert, he discovered that all the writings purported to have been signed by Mwamba were actually signed by Kambwili. The handwriting expert observed strong similarities,” Mumbula said.
Meanwhile, the defence objected to the submission of the documents as evidence on grounds that they were photocopies and that the State did not lay a proper foundation for their submission. Magistrate Simusamba sustained the objection but guided the State to lead their witness through the contested evidence. Earlier, the court refused to grant the State an adjournment, as it had delayed. The prosecutions informed the court that the matter was scheduled for mention but owing to the fact that it had dragged, it was ready to proceed with trial.
However, the application by the State angered defence lawyers Keith Mweemba, Gilbert Phiri and Christopher Mundia because they were not prepared for trial and neither of them carried their files as the case was scheduled for a mention. But magistrate Simusamba ordered that the case would proceed to trial because the matter had delayed.
The matter was adjourned to July 29. And speaking after the court session, Kambwili urged law enforcement agencies to investigate Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo in relation to his massive donations. Recently, Lusambo donated building materials worth K35,000 and a music drum set to Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lusaka’s Garden Compound. Kambwili said it was not wrong for a public officer, a minister or any individual to donate to the needy, noting that the amount of money that Lusambo was donating was beyond his capacity.
“There is nothing wrong for a minister to donate to the needy, what is important is where is that donation coming from? The minister’s salary is K25,000 but we don’t know what business that Bowman is doing to make all those big donations,” Kambwili said.
“Probably the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Anti-Corruption Commission must now get interested. When there is a fire, a house is burnt, Bowman says he’s going to pay for them for six months. He goes with a truck to donate mealie-meal, cooking oil and all that. It’s all up to ACC, because in Zambia today thieves and the corrupt are celebrated.”
The NDC leader said Zambians must not worry but unite and oust President Edgar Lungu and “his minions” from power to pave way for investigations.
“And you Chilufya, Minister of Health, muwamye ama hospital yamuma prison nama toilets (you should clean the clinics and toilets in prisons) because you and Bowman are among the first people to go there. Because we know what’s happening on the purchase of drugs, we know what’s happening with Bowman where he is extorting money from some investors in the name of the President,” he said.
“I can only warn my friends to clean up the prisons. I have been there; it’s very dirty. Mukaya fwa nefyo mubeleshe ukwikala bwino ne ndalama shakwiba (you will go and die what with the lavish lifestyle you have gotten used to with stolen money), because I’m coming.”
The former lawmaker also urged street vendors not to fall prey to the fake promises by the PF that they would return to the streets.
“I’m coming with a different way of running this country where the ordinary people will be happy. I’m warning people of Zambia (that) be careful. We were telling them to stop beating the street vendors, now that it’s towards elections, they will change their language. They are saying that the council is not treating the vendors well. This is a failed project and it must be out,” he said.
Kambwili issued a two-week ultimatum to Minister of Higher Education Professor Nkandu Luo to reopen the Copperbelt University.
“Elo ba Nkandu Luo, I’m warning you; when I come, I will jail you for abuse of authority. The law does not allow you to close CBU indefinitely. There’s no law that allows whether a President or minister to close a learning institution indefinitely and pluck your ears. You cannot run it as an individual, you are even being arrogant ‘I cannot be pushed’; mwabula abana fourth year mwamuchita expel gamwana wenu, how would you feel (you expel someone’s child [who is] in fourth year, if it was your child, how would you feel?) Just because your children do not study at CBU! imitima ububi mwefilwani mwe (bad hearts you devil’s),” said Kambwili.