Seven suspects arrested for allegedly stealing over 88 tonnes of copper concentrates valued at over K 1.2 million from the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) wagons in Kapiri Mposhi district have pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The accused who include three state police officers and four TAZARA employees appeared in the Kapiri Mposhi magistrates’ court for plea today.

Before Resident Magistrate Obrien Katyamba were Masautso Banda 45, George Mumba 47 and Ackim Kunda 27, all police officers and four TAZARA employees namely: Gestone Siame 34, a shunter, Stand Angusa 40, a foreman, Misheck Simwaka 38, a locomotive driver, and Kasule N’gambi 26 locomotive driver,   are facing a charge of theft of copper concentrates.

The subject offence is contrary to Section 275 (a) (1) of penal code of the Laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that on 3rd July 2019 the accused jointly and while acting together with others unknown stole 88.132 tonnes of copper concentrates valued at K 1,282, 817 property of Impala Terminus Limited.

All the accused have entered a plea of not-guilty.

Meanwhile, Magistrate Katyamba has granted all the seven accused K 20, 000 cash bail each with two working sureties in their own recognisance.

Magistrate Katyamba has since set 29th and 30th July as dates for commencement of trial.

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