The trial of Obvious Mwaliteta has kicked off in the Lusaka High Court

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President Edgar Lungu greets former Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta during his visit of Lusaka Central Prison
President Edgar Lungu greets former Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta during his visit of Lusaka Central Prison

The trial of former Lusaka Provincial Minister Obvious Mwaliteta has kicked off in the Lusaka High Court
A police officer has named former Western Province Commissioner Fanwell Siandenge as one of the people behind the aggravated robbery case where some Presidential election results among other things were allegedly stolen after the August 11, 2016 general elections.

In this matter, UPND members Obvious Mwaliteta, Evans Mukobela, Macmillan Shimukonka, Laswell Phiri, and Emmanuel Mumbi charged with aggravated robbery.

In the first count, they are alleged to have on August 14, 2016 stolen a handbag containing various documents valued at K750, an envelope containing Gen Form 12 and a record of proceedings for Chingola Constituency from Elina Nyirenda, the property of the ECZ.

In count two, the five are accused of stealing a Blackberry cell phone valued at K4,000, the property of Emmanuel Simbeye and immediately or before threatened to use actual violence on the latter.

Mwaliteta and others are in the third count accused of having stolen statements of results (Gen 12 form) from Roy Kuseka, property of the Electoral Commission of Zambia and used or threatened to use actual violence on him in order to obtain, prevent or overcome resistance from it being stolen and retained.

In his testimony today, Arthur Shonga, a superintendent told Lusaka High Court Judge Mwape Bowa that during some of his investigations, he discovered that Siandenge was part of the robbery.

Shonga further testified that on the material day, he was on duty when he received a report of aggravated robbery in which some officials from ECZ were attacked after they landed at City Airport.

He says he rushed to ECZ headquarters where he found three returning officers, Elina Nyirenda, Emmanuel Simbeye and Roy Kuseka who were attacked and had some presidential election results stolen from them together with personal belongings.

Shonga narrated that the police officer he found at the scene showed him a BMW motor vehicle and Toyota Mark II with a phone abandoned by the assailants.

He availed that the officer also informed him that while he was holding the Alcatel phone which was found in the Mark II, it rang and it indicated “Compo Siandenge”, which is a telegraphic address for Commissioner of Police.

He told the court that there was once a Commissioner by the name of Siandenge in the police service.
Shonga said one of the suspects told him during an interview as to why they were at the scene that they had been instructed by Siandenge.

Shonga further told the court that the officer he had found told him he had intercepted a Land Cruiser motor vehicle which was being driven by Mwaliteta and Siandenge as one of the occupants.

Shonga further testified that his investigations revealed that there was communication between some of the accused persons and Siandenge.

Shonga claimed that three ECZ officials were beaten, pepper sprayed and sustained injuries during the robbery.

He says the incident happened between Zambia Air Force and ECZ headquarters as the three were trying to deliver election materials from Chingola and Ndola after they landed at City Airport.

Recently, Inspector General of Police Kakoma Kanganja recently offered a K100,000 reward to anyone who would lead to Siandenge’s arrest.

“The Zambia Police Service is offering a K100,000 reward to any person or persons with information that would lead to the arrest of a fugitive Fanwell Siandenge, who is on a wanted list for the offence of aggravated robbery,” said Kanganja.

Trial continues.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. Zambian Eagle.
    ECZ TRANSPORTED PRESIDENTIAL MATERIALS TO LUSAKA FROM CHINGOLA AGAINST ELECTORAL RULES – POLICE.
    The Lusaka High court has heard that Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) under orders from PF did transport presidential results from Chingola to Lusaka illegally.
    The State witness Arthur Shonga has disclosed that ECZ officials did not inform anyone but carried presidential results from Chingola and straight to city airport.
    Now the law is clear, election results are supposed to tallied at local stations and final results sent to the totalling center but ECZ did not even do that but rigged and brought results to Lusaka.

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    • Finally, am sure he has learnt something.

      This man was ok until he got misled by HH demons.

      He should have been a minister by now…

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    • Update : MWALITETA BACK IN COURT AS KEITH MWEEMBA CROSS EXAMINES ARTHUR SHONGA OVER PRESIDENTIAL RESULTS AND ALLEGED AGGRAVATED ROBBERY.
      Keith Mweemba says the evidence Intelligence officer Shonga is saying in court against Mwaliteta was not presented in court and asks whether the the state witness agrees, in affirmation he says he did not present the evidence.
      Lawyer Mweemba says accused Shimukonka told Intelligence officer Shonga that Kaizar Zulu (state house political advisor) that the said Kaizar went to the vehicle at city airport during the alleged aggravated robbery and stealing of presidential results, and state witness says yes, he was told that Kaizar Zulu went there.
      Lawyer Mweemba says Mwaliteta and others are wrong people before the court over the alleged offense and…

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  2. we know now who stole the votes.. they were willing to do anything to win thus why they cant accept that there evil schemes were prevented by God. May God judge them.

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  3. A commissioner of police colluding with HH to do aggravated robbery. Cage them all. Why is he hiding?

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  4. A commissioner of police colluding with HH to do aggravated robbery. Cage them all. Why is he hiding?

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  5. This is what others call rule of law. Holding someone for close to a year without trial. What is more sad to have people who see nothing wrong with that. Justice delayed is justice denied

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  6. Obvious Mwaliteta,Mukobela and others will rot in jail.moreover,these guys will be jailed 100% as the evidence is there.they committed this crime.this is the reason why Siandenge has ran away because being an ex-officer,he knew that what they did will land them in jail,hence running away.
    We call this “MALIBU YAKUILOMBELA!!”

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  7. HH should have been giving solutions to improve economy not this nonsense. HH visionless that is why he could only think of causing hovoc in Mongu. Yes, trail for HH most likely to start next year. PF must also petition the elections. ECL must have won by more than 65%, UPND stole some votes we have evidence in Mwaliteta and company.

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  8. LET THE WORLD KNOW THAT UPND STOLE A LOT OF VOTES IN SOUTHERN PROVINCE WHERE OBSERVERS WERE INTIMIDATED. MOST OF THE BALLOT BOXES WERE BEING STUFFED WITH PRE-MARKED BALLOTS.

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    • You would do well to present that legally, that’s why the courts are there, be like upnd and don’t be afraid to argue your cases legally. Silence presidential petition in progress….

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    • True, just present your evidence in court and Mwaliteta will be ‘caged’. The mention of Kaiser Zulu makes me smell a rat here. Watch this space…………

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  9. Mwaliteta is a thug, he terrorised UPND when he was in PF, now he is a HERO in UPND. My foot! give us a break you, UPNDonkeys, you are too desperate.

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