Former Defence Minister, Ben Mwila’s wife Margrate has pleaded not guilty to two counts of issuing cheques on an insufficiently funded account, in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.
Mrs. Mwila, together with her co-accused Hartwell Sikalundi, both pleaded not guilty to the charges when the matter came up for PLEA this morning before Principal Resident Magistrate, David Simusamba.
It is alleged that Mrs. Mwila and Mr. Sikalundi, in their capacities as Director and Finance Manager of Wade Adams Piling and Foundations Zambia Limited, dishonestly issued a cheque in the sum of 30 Million Kwacha.
The cheque in question was allegedly issued to Tokyo Vehicles in an insufficiently funded Bank ABC account at pyramid plaza branch.
In the second count, the two are alleged to have dishonestly issued another cheque in the sum of 40 Million Kwacha.
But the cheque was honored when presented for payment.
Magistrate Simusamba has since set June 29 as the date for mention while trial in the matter is expected to commence on July 26 this year.
Mrs. Mwila was accompanied to the magistrate court complex by her husband Ben, popularly known as B-Y.