Lusungu Muzenje was testifying in a matter in which seven court officials at the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court have been slapped with six counts of trafficking in narcotic substances and theft of 24 kilogrammes of cocaine.
The drugs which the suspects are accused of trafficking in was an exhibit from another matter which went missing at the courts some months ago.
In this matter, businessmen, Eric Chipango and Emmanuel Chimba were jointly charged with seven court officials for trafficking in 80.11 grams of cocaine without lawful authority.
The other accused people are: Bevan Mengo, 33, Matthews Mukanda, 29, Victor Nzaila, 31, Florence Mushoka, 36, and O’Brian Muyunda, 30, all court interpreters and Didie Kangwa, 39, a senior clerk of court.
In count one, it is alleged that the nine, between November 1, 2017 and September 15, 2017, trafficked in 80.11grammes of cocaine without lawful authority.
In the second count, it is alleged that Chimba and Chirwa, on the same dates, trafficked in 1.5grammes of cocaine without lawful authority.
In the third count, it is alleged that on the same dates, the nine trafficked in 1kg of cocaine without lawful authority.
In the fourth count, it is alleged that between April 1 last year and September 5 this year, Chirwa trafficked in 4.5grammes of cocaine without lawful authority.
In the fifth count, it is alleged that between April 1 last year and September 5 this year, Chirwa used his position as a court interpreter to steal 4.5grammes of cocaine, the property of Government.
In the sixth count, it is alleged that between August 4 and 9 this year, the seven court officials used their positions to steal 24kg of cocaine, the property of Government.
When the matter came up for cross examination Muzenje said he never found the 24kg of cocaine on the suspects.
He said this when he was being cross examined by defence lawyer Keith Mweemba.
When further asked whether he found any of the suspects selling the purported drugs, Muzenje has replied in the negative.
He also told the court that there were no preliminary tests conducted on the purported drugs while in the field.
Mweemba then said that it was malicious for the State to charge the suspects for trafficking in purported drugs which were not found on them.