Suspended CB Police Boss sick, fails to come to Court

Mary Tembo

Mary Tembo

The case in which suspended Copperbelt Police Commissioner Mary Tembo who is charged with two counts of abuse of authority failed to take off in the Ndola Magistrate Courts, Friday as she was reported to be sick.

Ndola Chief Resident Magistrate Paul Chisha adjourned the matter to November 28, 2013 for possible plea, reports the Zambian News and Information Services.

Tembo, 53 of house number 4, Bokafu Street, in Ndola was arrested on November 13, 2013 and charged with two counts of abuse of authority of office.

Chief Resident Magistrate Chisha adjourned the matter after the defence lawyer Derrick Mulenga who was representing Tembo’s lawyer Milner Katolo applied for the case to come at a later date.

The state is being represented by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chief Legal and Prosecutions Officer Kapetwa Phiri who did not object to the application.

Particulars of the offence are that in the first count, it is alleged that Tembo, on dates unknown but between the May 1 and June 30, 2013 abused the office authority of her office as Commissioner of police for the Copperbelt Province by obtaining a Toyota Corolla registration number AAX5716 from Grizzly Mining Limited which she registered in her names thereby obtaining benefits for herself.

In the second count, it is alleged that Tembo on dates unknown but between November 1 and December 31, 2012 in Ndola, abused her authority of office as Commissioner of Police for the Copperbelt Province by asking Grizzy Mining Limited, a private company, to fix her personal vehicle namely Toyota Cressida registration F100.

The ACC arrested Tembo for abuse of Authority of office contrary to section 21 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.