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Two female police officers sue state for malicious prosecution 

By GRACE CHAILE

Two female police officers have sued the State seeking compensation for malicious prosecution on allegations that they stole 169 bags of APG Mealie Meal.

The two officers, Ms Beauty Nyeleti and Ms Ruth Nyirenda want an order directing the State to pay them damages for malicious prosecution.

They want compensation for the damages caused to their reputations and careers.

The plaintiffs also seek punitive damages for the mental anguish and inconvenience caused plus interest on the sums found due. In a statement of claim filed in the Lusaka High Court, Ms Nyeleti and Ms Nyirenda who cited the Attorney General as defendant said that they are and were at all material time’s officers serving in the Zambia Police Service.

They stated that in 2009, Ms Nyeleti Officer in charge for Lusaka Division stores department while Ms Nyirenda was her deputy. Ms Nyeleti and Ms Nyirenda said they were placed on suspension and half pay.

They were charged with the offence of Theft by Public Servant and were in 2014 sentenced to 12 months imprisonment by the Subordinate court.

The duo claimed that this was done in the absence of evidence connecting them to the said offence. The plaintiffs stated that they appealed against the ruling in the High Court, the appeal was upheld to which end both the conviction and sentence were set aside in a judgement delivered on September 28, 2021. “The plaintiffs will aver at trial that as a result of the malicious charge and prosecution, their reputations were damaged as they were both high ranking officers in the service,” they stated.

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