Mwanakatwe narrates how her handbag was stolen in Bauleni

Mwanakatwe narrates how her handbag was stolen in Bauleni

By Limpo Sitali

THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has heard how commerce minister Margaret Mwanakatwe’s handbag was stolen while she was socialising in a bar last November.

In this matter, Mabvuto Banda, 19 and Solomon Mwanza, 30 of Bauleni compound are alleged to have on November 26, 2016 stolen a red handbag, which contained a purse, an iPhone, two diplomatic passports, an NRC, K9,700 cash, six by 10 Saudi Arabian notes, three by 10 Indian rupee notes, altogether valued at K28,850 from a Nissan Terrano belonging to Mwanakatwe.

Other items in the handbag included two Barclays ATM cards, two FNB ATMs and a National Assembly identity card.

Testifying before magistrate Ireen Wishimanga on Friday, Mwanakatwe narrated that on the material day, she was in a bar having some drinks when her handbag which she left in her motor vehicle went missing.

She said on November 26, 2016, she left home for Kalahari Pub and Grill with Sydney Chongo and Lazarus Banda.

She told the court that she was there for about 10 minutes after which she proceeded to Mayela Night Club in Kalingalinga compound before leaving for another bar in Bauleni.

The court heard that Mwanakatwe interacted with patrons in the bar while having a few drinks.

“After a few minutes, I went to the car, I wanted to get money from the hand bag in order to pay for the drinks then I discovered that my hand bag was missing,” Mwanakatwe narrated.

She further told the court that she reported the matter to Woodlands Police Station the same night.

Mwanakatwe said the hand bag also had US$1,115 and that altogether, the money and other items that were in the handbag were worth K57,000.

Another witness, inspector Victor Mainza, 43 of Woodlands Police Station, said a witness who saw the accused person stealing the handbag led the officers to him.

Mainda said one of the accused persons led police officers to a pit latrine at a church in Libala where the handbag was dumped.