By LUCY PHIRI
Former Minister of Home Affairs Steven Kampyongo and his wife Wanziya Chirwa have pleaded not guilty to possession of property worth over K29 million suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Kampyongo, 50, of House No. 31, Kudu Road, Kabulonga in Lusaka and his wife Chirwa, 42, a civil servant working as Chief Planner at the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Arts are facing 11 counts of being in possession of properties suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 (i) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
It is alleged that Kampyongo between January 1, 2012 and September 30, 2021, did possess property number Lus/38467 located off Twin Palm Road in Lusaka valued at K1, 600, 000; and, property number Lus/24406 located off Lilayi Road, Libala South valued at K860, 000.
It is also alleged that he possesses property number F/135/4301 and property number F/137/4301 both located in Eureka Park comprising incomplete double storey house valued at K11, 100, 000.00; property number KAF/Ln 59832/8 and KAF/59832/9 in Chifwema area valued at K1, 600, 000.
Details in the charges against his wife Chirwa, is that between January 1, 2012 and September 30, 2021 she possessed property number F/135/4301 and property number F/179/4301 located in Eureka Park off Kafue Road valued at K11, 100, 000.00.
It is also alleged that she possesses property number F/33/a/F/2470 and property number F/33/a/F/2471 located in Meanwood Ndeke, Lusaka valued at K2, 100, 000.
Further allegations are that, Chirwa possesses property number F/609/E/77/A48 and property number F/609/E/77/A485 located in Foxdale Lusaka valued at K5, 200, 000 property number L/2131/m/a/2/cl/11 valued at K1, 200, 000.00 located in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, property number L/2131/M/A/2/CL/10 valued at K1, 200, 000.00 located in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, property number L/30168/m and property number L/30167/M located in Mikango Lusaka valued at K2, 110, 000.
It is also alleged that Chirwa did possess K1, 382, 513.84 and K1, 200, 000 in two separate bank accounts held with Indo Zambia Bank.
The court has adjourned the matter to November 16, 2022 for commencement of trial.