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BoZ officer bags 5 yrs for theft

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PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Ndola

A BANK of Zambia (BoZ) employee has been sentenced to five years imprisonment with hard labour for stealing K5,000 from the central bank’s money counting machine. Kasonde Mulenga, who was employed as an electrical technologist, was convicted of one count of theft by public servant by chief resident magistrate John Mbuzi. The court heard that on March 18, 2019, in Ndola, Mulenga stole K5,000, which came into his possession by virtue of his employment. During trial, a BoZ investigator testified that on that day, he received a report of a shortage of K5,000. Following a review of a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage on April 23 and 24, 2019, it was discovered that the machine processed 18,881 fit notes but only 18,781 were physically available. The witness further explained that after Mulenga left the cash processing room, he went to the storeroom, got a small box, opened it, removed a pink vita form and left it on the shelf in the storeroom. The court heard that Mulenga later went to the cash processing room with the small box and tried to fix the machine. The witness said while working on the machine, Mulenga could be seen pulling some part of the machine, and money that was on the stacker could be seen dropping. Another witness, a section officer, explained that on March 18, 2019, between 10:00 hours and 11:00 hours, one of the high-speed processing machines developed a fault and Mulenga was asked to fix it. She said after fixing the machine, it was discovered that 100 pieces of K50 notes totaling K5,000 were missing. And a project manager and product specialist for Guesecker and Devrient Currency Technology from South Africa, who was requested to CLICK TO READ MORE


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