NO PROOF CHIMESE OWNS HOUSES – WITNESS

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By CHARLES MUSONDA

A WITNESS has told the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court that he has not seen any document proving that former Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander Eric Chimese owns a double storey house and nine flats in Ibex Hill.

The witness Pelekelo Muyunda said this yesterday in cross-examination by defence lawyer Kelvin Fube Bwalya after the court again moved to the premises to view the properties where he said he worked as caretaker during construction.

Mr. Muyunda, 30, was testifying in a case in which Chimese has been charged with Chita Lodges managing director James Chungu for allegedly concealing the properties suspected to be proceeds of crime.

In the other count, the former ZAF Commander is charged with his wife Sharon for allegedly concealing two houses in Eureka area knowing the same to be proceeds of crime.

Asked further by Mr. Bwalya if he was a witness to any contract showing that Chimese owns the properties, Mr. Muyunda said he was not.

“I don’t know anything about the documents (showing that Chimese owns the houses). I was just informed that Chimese owns the properties.

I have never seen any document, I have not been a witness to any contract (showing that Chimese is the owner of the properties),” he said. He said he has not shown the court any electricity units purchase receipts in Chimese’s name. Mr. Muyunda also said he was not aware that Chita Lodges Limited owns the properties and that he lived at the premises for five years but did not know who was paying Pre Secure, a security company that manned the premises.

He said he did not know who employed two Zimbabwean contractors who were engaged to build the flats.

In earlier cross examination by another defence lawyer Kebby Wishimanga, Mr. Muyunda said a day before he testified in court for the first time, he met Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) officers and gave them the same statement as the evidence he gave in court. 

Trial continues on August 26, 2019.

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