The Government Joint Investigations Team has formally charged and arrested Seven (7) depot and co-operative employees for Theft by Agent contrary to section 272 and 278 of the Penal code, Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr. Berlington Sikazwe aged 60 and Mr. Fred Kalumbi aged 50 both of Ntungo Village, Chief Tafuna s area, Mbala District in their Capacity as Chairman and Vice chairman of Ntungo Co-operative respectively who are official buyers of maize have failed to account for 612 by 50kilograms bags of maize valued at thirty nine million seven hundred and eighty thousand kwacha (K39, 780,000).
In the same vain a motor vehicle, Fuso Fighter Registration number ALC 2743 has been seized from Mr. Joseph Kalenga chairman of Kavungo Co-operative in Mbala District in relation to theft of FRA maize at Kavungo depot. Mr. Kalenga is currently at large.
Mr. Steven Musinga Simukawanga a depot buyer of the same Kavungo depot has also been charged with theft.
In the same maize scam a transporter owning a Company called Visi Transporters, engaged by FRA to transport maize from different depots in Mbala District has failed to account for 503 bags of maize valued at 32.6million which were loaded from Kavungo and Kamuzwazi Satelite depots in Mbala District.
Mr. Victor Siame aged 40 from Mwengo Village and owner Of Visi Transporters is said to have engaged his relatives by the names of Joachim Siame aged 42, Felix Siame aged 33 and James Siame aged 30 as drivers who diverted the 503 bags to a house number 8 in messenger compound belonging to Mrs. Clementina Nayame who is a sister to Siame. Of the 503 bags a total of 94 bags of maize have been recovered by the investigations team.
The Four Family Members and three Co-operative employees are currently in Police custody and will be appearing in court soon