THE Chipata Magistrates’ Court has put two Road Transport and Safety Agency employees on their defence after finding them with a case to answer in a matter where they are jointly charged with theft by public servant.
Appearing before magistrate Moses Phiri on Tuesday were Jonathan Tembo, a revenue officer, and Joseph Lukonde, a cashier at Chipata RTSA office, who are jointly charged with eight counts of theft by public servant.
It is alleged that the two on February 12, 2018 in Chipata jointly and whilst acting together stole money amounting to over K460,000, property of the government under the Road Transport and Safety Agency.
It is alleged that after the bank reconciliation, the money that were entered in the receipt books for road taxes and identity forms were not deposited in as the receipts were not backed by any banking slip.
Magistrate Phiri said according to evidence presented in court by the four state witnesses, the court established a prima facie case against Tembo and Lukonde and were put on defence.
He adjourned the matter to August 7 for defence and bail application was extended for the two accused persons.
And magistrate Phiri said people should understand what it takes to be sureties.
He said this in a matter where Gift Zulu, who is charged with assault, occasioning actual bodily, failed to turn up on several occasions.
Magistrate Phiri warned Zulu’s surety, Gershom Ingwe, to ensure that he brings the accused to court in the next two weeks failure to which he would take his place.
“People do not understand what it means to be sureties; there are a lot of sureties for hire in Chipata. If you are not going to bring the accused in the next two weeks, you are going to take his place in prison,” he said.
Magistrate Phiri also warned the arresting officer, constable Elizabeth Mbewe, that he would dismiss the case if the accused would not be brought to court.
The matter was adjourned to July 24.