A Lusaka Magistrate Court has ordered that some property belonging to jailed former Health Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kashiwa Bulaya be given to the state.
The property worth over three billion Kwacha, includes houses, a farmhouse, a warehouse and vehicles.
Kitwe based Principal Resident Magistrate, Edward Musona, in his ruling delivered in court, Friday said the property should revert to the state.
Mr. Musona’s ruling followed an application by state prosecutor, Mutembo Nchito who said the property had been acquired using public funds.
Mr. Nchito said in view of Dr. Bulaya’s conviction on abuse of authority and corruption charges it was necessary to request for a forfeiture of the property in line with section 41C of the Anti Corruption Commission act of 1996.
Earlier, Dr. Bulaya asked the court to adjourn the hearing of the case saying he has re-engaged his former lawyers, Nicholas Chanda and Mumba Kapumpa.
But Mr. Nchito objected to the request on grounds that judgement in the matter has already been passed.
He argued that it was too late for the court to entertain the application as Dr. Bulaya is already serving his five year jail term.
Dr. Bulaya’s lawyer, Nicholas Chanda however later told ZNBC news that he would appeal against the ruling.
Mr. Chanda said the order to forfeit the property has an error in the precedence of law.
Dr. Bulaya was on Wednesday convicted of three counts of abuse of authority and corruption charges and sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour.