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Chimese and His Wife Deny Money Laundering Charges

Former Zambia Air Force (ZAF) commander Lieutenant General Eric Chimese, his wife Sharon and a Lusaka businessman have pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse of authority and money laundering.

In this matter, Chimese, 50, is jointly charged with Sharon, 45 and Chita Lodge Limited managing director James Chungu also known as Jimmy Fingers.

Chimese is charged with four counts of abuse of authority and three counts of money laundering while his wife and Chungu are charged with one count of money laundering each, in which they are jointly charged with Chimese.

In count one, it is alleged that between June 2015 and June 2018, in Lusaka, Chimese being ZAF commander at the time, engaged Jack Mwape, a Casual Daily employee of ZAF, to install tiles on his private property situated on plot number 2303/Q in Ibex Hill, an arbitrary act which was prejudicial to the interests of the government of Zambia.

In count two, it is alleged that Chimese on the same dates in Chilanga district, again engaged Mwape, to install tiles on his private property situated on Farm number 4301/31 in Eureka Area.

In counts three and four, Chimese, on the same dates and as ZAF Commander at the time, engaged Katema Chuulu, a Casual Daily Employee of ZAF, to install tiles on the said properties in Ibex Hill and Eureka Area.

In count five, it is alleged that Chimese and Chungu on dates unknown but between January 2012 and February 2019 in Lusaka, jointly and whilst acting together, concealed and disguised the rights with respect to ownership of nine flats, a single storey building, a Guest Wing and semi-detached cottage situated on Farm number 2303/Q in Ibex Hill, knowing or having reason to believe that the said properties were proceeds of crime.

In the sixth count, Chimese on the same dates in Lusaka, is alleged to have possessed nine flats, a single storey building, a guest wing and semi-detached cottage situated on the said farm, knowing that the said properties were proceeds of crime.

And in the seventh count, it is alleged that Chimese and his wife, Sharon, between January 2012 and February 2019, in Chilanga district, jointly and whilst acting together, possessed two houses situated on Farm number 4301 in Eureka Area, knowing or having reasonable belief that the said properties were proceeds of crime.

All the accused are being represented by Kelvin Bwalya Fube, Mark Haimbe and Kebby Wishimanga.

And when the matter came up for plea before magistrate Nsunge Chanda, Deputy Chief State Advocate at National Prosecutions Authority Gamaliel Zimba informed the court that consent to prosecute the matter was ready.

And when the magistrate read out the charges to the accused persons, the trio pleaded not guilty in all counts.

The court then adjourned the matter to April 12 for mention and May 3, 6 and 8 for trial.

All three accused persons are on police bond.

19 Comments

  1. Geoffrey Bwamba Mwalya

    Criminals

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  2. Ironman

    Zambians will only die with a no answer in these matters at the expense of the entire citizens of the country oh how I wish that the law would coil and squeeze them like an anaconda.

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  3. Simpito Mukandwa

    Mmmmmm

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  4. why not

    Chimase has openly told the pf Government that he is going to review what happened in 2016 to the nation

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  5. Jms

    Its pit some accounts don’t qualify mention these dates between 2012-2019 or 2015-2019 it means these faults came in 2018-2019 and if you say these things occurred before does it mean that its just now when detectives are working if so how many have you fired and brought in who are now tackling these cases to me this has been their tactics so they blame the small number of people leaving the majority MOSTLY WE BLAME PARENTS THAN A CHILD DUE TO THAT THEY FOLLOW WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN TAUGHT AND SEEN SO BE CAREFUL

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  6. Osei

    Ummm watch out

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  7. zambian

    The leaders of today,innocent ,innocent they look very innocent ,just a matter of making a name that they have money,this and that remember a day is coming for accountability

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  8. zed

    jail him twapapata

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  9. Daniel Banda

    Would they go to the alter like sheep? Not before fellow human beings of course. But sweating during sleep will always be there until Jesus Christ comes to judge them especially when they pretend to be Christians.

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  10. Corruption now will be worse

    Ukulya bwino ku la letelela !These people never learn .You can never be too clever with the long arm of the law. All those properties shall be confiscated by the state. And after conviction no pension! Yaba !Agony.

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  11. Jimmy shaba

    Judge not

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    • Daniel Banda

      Don’t be terrified with opinions it’s gonna be real soon.

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  12. Kokoliko

    Nibakabolala

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  13. THE EAGLE

    i request our invistivating teams to be pro active and deal with isues profesionaly not politicaly

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  14. F.M.X

    Jesus was pushed left and Right, only faith in God.
    Its a good case to be aqtal that’s a good story .
    Accused to be too strong, law is fine.
    Comments reserved

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  15. Abene aka nyoko pizo

    Watch out

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  16. Jms

    Reports, Judges, Military officers awe mwandi (criminals why do you fail to decide what to write, and how to write it judges its worse military nika fwafwa USE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS WISELY

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  17. Talango Lion

    Boi Chinese and your fellow criminals mulekakwa

    Reply

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