LUSAKA lawyer Germano Kaulungombe and two others on Tuesday denied swindling five National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) directors out of their money amounting to K600,000 on the pretext that they had land for sale at Baobab on Kafue road.
Kaulungombe of Marshal Chambers, his legal assistant Stanley Tembo, and Leonard Nyoni pleaded not guilty to charges of forcible detainer and obtaining money by false pretences before chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale.
Allegations in the first count are that Kaulungombe, Tembo and Nyoni between July 18 this year and July 23 this year jointly and whilst acting together had possession of farm no. F4300/B/2 Baobab area without colour of right and held possession of such land in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace on the apprehension of peace of the peace against Joseph Chisaka, a person entitled by law to have possession of the land.
It is alleged in the second count that the three between July 18 and July 23, 2019, whilst acting together with intent to defraud or deceive, obtained K200,000 cash from Ronnie Kamanya by falsely pretending that they had a plot for sale.
It is alleged in the third count that Kaulungombe, Tembo and Nyoni, on the same dates, with intent to defraud or deceive, obtained K100,000 from Dorothy Soko by falsely pretending that they had a plot for sale.
Allegations in the fourth count are that the trio on the said dates, with intent to defraud or deceive, obtained K100,000 from Marson Moonga by falsely pretending that they had a plot for sale.
Kaulungombe, Tembo and Nyoni in the fifth count allegedly obtained K100,000 from Phillip Muyumbwana by falsely pretending that they had a plot for sale.
The three on the same dates allegedly obtained K100,000 from Utembele Simwiinga by falsely pretending that they had a plot for sale.
According to a statement issued by police spokesperson Esther Katongo between 16th and 23rd July 2019, the five NAPSA directors received information that there was land for sale at Baobab and that the sale was spearheaded by Marshal Chambers, a law firm allegedly headed by Kaulungombe and that down payments of K100,000 was paid by each complainant except for one who paid K200,000 for two plots.
Katongo said investigations revealed that the land belonged to Nyimba Investments and had not been offered for sale.
However, the five directors were on July 29, 2019 suspended by NAPSA to pave way for investigations to enable the institution ascertain whether the five breached the code of ethics.
NAPSA director general Yollard Kachinda said the suspension of the five directors was to foster transparency and accountability.
Trial commences on September 3rd.