I will only explain if Sata sanctions – Former ZAF Commander

Former Zambia Air Force (ZAF) Commander Lieutenant General (Lt. Gen.) Andrew Sakala has refused to give details of how he and three other Commandants used the K1, 500 meant for operations during the 2011 tripartite elections until President Michael Sata authorizes him.

This is in a in the case where the Commandants are being tried in a Lusaka Magistrate Court for theft by public servant.

In continued trial Tuesday morning, November 5, 2013, Lt. Gen. Sakala through his lawyer Nganga Yalenga told Magistrate Court that he is on oath not to directly or indirectly transmit any covet information to any person without permission from the President.

The Court has found the trio who are jointly together with a case to answer and Lt. Gen. Sakala opened his defence yesterday when he revealed receiving the said amount which he says he gave K500, 000 each to his fellow Commandants.

Lt. Gen. Sakala maintained that he could not go beyond what he said yesterday adding that doing so would be tantamount to cremating himself. He insisted that the the funds were used for secret operations before during and after the 2011 general elections.

But the State objected to Lt. Gen. Sakala’s submission insisting that the accused needed to explain how the money was used.

In response, the defence lawyer said their client has right has constitutional rights to defend himself.

Magistrate Wilfred Muma however reserved ruling and adjourned the matter to November 11, 2013 so he can familiarize himself with applications submitted by the Defence and State.