Convicted Aaron Chungu and Faustin Kabwe demand re-opening of their closed case
Still in legal matters, Directors of the defunct Access Financial Services Aaron Chungu and Faustin Kabwe have charged that millions of kwacha were paid to two witnesses that testified against them in their corruption case.
The two have since applied that their appeal case against their four year jail term be reopened to enable them submit evidence.
According to the summons filed in the Lusaka high court, the duo claims that two former employees of Access Financial Services Enock Mwale and Isaac Chitundu were paid eight hundred million and six hundred and fifty eight million Kwacha respectively.
They further charge that the two witnesses where also paid two point one million kwacha and eleven million kwacha in excess of their terminal benefits.
Chungu and Kabwe have since submitted a copy of the liquidation schedule where the said payments reflect.
The duo adds that out of the 14 employees of the institution mentioned in the liquidation schedule no other employee received similar amounts other than the two witnesses.
The former Access Finance Services Directors say should leave to reopen and rehear their appeal be granted, they intend to raise an additional ground that there was a mistrial.
They say their trial and conviction is a miscarriage of justice.
A panel of three High Court Judges among them Lusaka high court Judge in charge Jane Kabuka , Justice Nigel Mutuna and Judge Evans Hamaundu set 10th August 2012.
In 2010, Lusaka High Court deputy director of court operations Edward Musona sitting as magistrate convicted Dr Kalumba together with his co-accused when he delivered judgment in the long running corruption trial.