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No Suspicion filed on Mrs Kampyongo’s accounts – Bank Testifies

By LUCY PHIRI

A construction Manager at Erden Construction Limited has told the Lusaka Magistrate Court that former Home affairs Minister’s wife Wanziya Chirwa Kampyongo bought two properties worth K3 million in Ibex Hill.

Mr Daniel Phiri, 32, of Ibex hill was testifying in a matter Stephen Kampyongo, 50, of House No. 31 Kudu Road. Kabulonga in Lusaka and his wife Chirwa, 42, a Civil Servant working as a Chief Planner at the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Arts are facing twelve 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.

Mr Phiri testified that two properties namely L/2131/M/2/CL/10 and L/2121/M/2/2L/11, were sold to Chirwa in 2019 and each property cost K1.5million making the total of K3 Million.

He said officers from ACC visited their offices asking information for the company whom they sold the properties to and a list was provided and it was revealed that the properties were under the names of Chirwa.

Lloyd Chisapi, 47, a branch Manager at Kamwala Branch testified that Chirwa made some transactions in two accounts namely 0041060000068 which was opened on July 20, 2020 and account 0041030000816.

“The first transaction was cash deposit, done on September 27, 2016 in the amount of K50,000 from 0041060000068, Second transaction was on 28 July 2017a cash deposit amounting to K70,000, third  transaction was made on 15 November, 2017 a cash deposit of K100,000, On 6 August, 2021 cash deposit of K250,000 was made and from the other account first transaction was on 11 August 2020 was 60,000, Second transaction was on 13,December 2020 was K115,000, on 8 February 2021, cash deposit of K100,000 was made, on 28 May 2021 a deposit of k125,000 was made and on July 8, 2021 cash deposit of K150,000 was made,’’ he said.

In cross examination, when asked if the accused followed the right procedure to acquire the properties, and the transactions were not suspicious, Chisapi responded in affirmative.

It is alleged in count eight that Chirwa on a date unknown but between January 1 2012 and  September 30, 2022 in Lusaka jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did possess property number L/2131/M/A/2/CI/10 valued at K1,200,000.00 Located in Ibex Hill Lusaka, property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

Trial continues today.

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