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3 Investrust Bank employees accused of stealing K6m granted bail

THREE Investrust Bank employees who allegedly stole K6 million have been granted K20,000 bail each.

The three are Pharai Chipasha, 31, Vernon Chimimba, 32, and Bright Muzyamba, 27, all of Highlands in Livingstone.

In the first count, they are charged with accessing data without authority contrary to the electronic communication and transaction Act number 21 of 2009.

In the second, third, fifth and seventh counts, they are facing a charge of theft by servant.

In the first count, it is alleged that Chipasha between February 1, 2018 and November, 18, 2019 unlawfully accessed data by the loading of 23 Investrust Bank Go cards with money amounting to K 6, 272,853 using the go pre-paid portal without authority.

In the second count, Chipasha and Chimimba between April 3, 2018 and October, 30, 2018, being servants of Investrust Bank’s Livingstone branch, as supervisor and operations officers, respectively, jointly and whilst acting together stole K575,000.

In third count, Chipasha between May 29, 2018 and September, 30, 2019 jointly and whilst acting together with Muzyamba stole K228,000.

In the fourth count, Muyzamba between May 29 2018 and September, 30, 2019 whilst acting together with Chipasha stole K228,000.

In the fifth count, Chipasha, between August 18, 2019, whilst acting together with Chimimba, stole K228,000.

In the sixth count, Chimimba in August 18, 2018 and September, 30, 2019 whilst acting together with Chipasha stole K228,000.

In the seventh count, Chipasha between February 1 2018 and November 18, 201 jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown people, stole K5, 379,253.

The trio appearing before principal resident magistrate Ireen Washimanga denied all charges.

Chipasha is being represented by Legal Service Unit lawyer Fitsjohn Muleya whilst Chimimba and Muzyamba are being represented by Switz Mweemba of Switz Mweemba and company.

Mweemba asked the court to grant the accused persons bail as that they were of fixed abode and not a flight risk.

However, National Prosecution Authority advocate Donald Kambia objected to the application for Chipasha as he was of no fixed abode.

Magistrate Washimanga granted the trio bail of K20,000 in their own recognisance with two working sureties.

She adjourned the matter to December 13 for mention and January 14, 2020 for commencement of trial.

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