The wife of second republican president, Frederick Chiluba, Regina has been jailed for three and half years for illegally receiving government funds and property.
Regina Chiluba was found guilty of receiving stolen government funds to buy three houses on the Copperbelt and and over three hundred thousand United States dollars while former President Chiluba was in office.
Principal Resident Magistrate, Charles Kafunda, on Tuesday convicted and sentenced Mrs. Chiluba on four counts.
Magistrate Kafunda told a courtroom packed with Chiluba supporters that she had failed to explain how she had received the questionable properties and goods.
“These were serious allegations and were casually explained by the accused, and I now convict you accordingly and sentence you to three-and-a-half years simple imprisonment,” Kafunda said.
A shocked silence filled the court when the conviction was read out. Her husband Dr Chiluba shook his head.
Some relatives began to silently weep and had to be helped out and one fainted inside the court. Others began to sing gospel songs.
Soon after judgment was passed, a court clerk took Mrs Chiluba’s fingerprints while the Dr. Chiluba joined her in the dock.
She was then led to a waiting car and driven to the Lusaka Central Prison to begin her sentence.
As he left the court, Dr. Chiluba said his wife’s sentence would just be a “passing phase.”