By LUCY PHIRI
MINISTRY of Lands and Natural Resources Chief Registrar has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Court that a search at the ministry’s data system revealed that Ndozo Lodge proprietor Chrint Sichamba owns 26 properties.
Ms Agatha Banda was testifying in a matter in which Sichamba, his wife Eudora Nambela and son, David, are facing corruption charges involving over K781 million and more than US$10 million. The trio was also arrested for possession of 140 properties suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The three are also charged with Ndozo Lodge and Mulozi Trading Limited co-directors and shareholders.
When the matter came up for commencement of trial on Monday before magistrate Irene Wishimanga, Ms Banda narrated how the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) send a warrant of access to her office.
During cross-examination, asked on whether there is any illegality in owning the said properties, the witness responded in the negative.
An inspector from the Patents and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) Ronald Musonda testified that the Ndozo Lodge And Mulozi Trading Limited where first registered as businesses names before registering them as companies limited by shares.
Mr. Musonda said Mulozi Trading Limited was registered as a company limited by shares on November 3, 2015 with Sichamba as director and shareholder with 1 share, his son David as director and secretary and wife Eudora Nambela as Director.
The court also heard that Ndozo Lodge Limited was registered on the March 5, 2013.