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Former South PS Zumbunu found with case to answer

FORMER Southern Province permanent secretary Edwin Zumbunu has been found with a case to answer in a case he is accused of failing to adhere to procurement procedures.
Zumbunu, 40, of Lusaka’s Chelstone appeared before Livingstone resident magistrate Chinkashi Chilingala.
Particulars of the offence are that between May 1 and August 31, 2012, Zumbunu, while employed in the public service as permanent secretary for Southern Province, allegedly willfully failed to comply with applicable procedures relating to procurement.
Zumbunu is alleged to have approved a K195.087.50 project to set up a wall fence at the residence of the provincial minister without following procedure.
Mr Chilingala said he found the accused person with a case to answer.
“I have considered the evidence before this court. It is not the duty of the court at this stage of the case to weigh evidence as to who is telling the truth to the court. There is prima facie case against the accused person,” he said.
Mr Chilingala said some ingredients of the evidence on record before the court are sufficient to have the accused put on his defence.
Defence lawyer Anock Mbambara could not state whether his client would summon any witnesses in his defence but that the court would be informed in due course.
“We would like to apply for an adjournment so that the defence could prepare for its case.  We will seek instructions from our client on how to proceed with the defence,” he said.
Mr Chilingala set November 7, this year, as defence in the matter and extended Zumbunu’s police bond.

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