SDA treasurer in court for stealing over K100,000 church money

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A 25-year-old Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church treasurer of Lusaka’s Kamloops area has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court accused of stealing over K100,000, money belonging to the church.

Lwiindi Muvwanga, of house number B21/09 Kalingalinga, is facing one charge of theft by servant.

Particulars of the case are that Muvwanga on dates unknown but between April 1,2017 and August 30, 2018 being a person employed by Kamloops Seventh Day Adventist Church stole K104,142 cash the property of the said employer.

A church insider disclosed that the elder in charge of the church Fredrick Mbiza received a phone call from another Senior elder who is among the  signatories of the church account informing him that bank authorities needed to know if he authorised the  transfer of funds into Muvwanga’s account  
Mbiza was surprised about the development because he did not issue such instructions to Muvwanga.

He later informed the senior treasurer to confirm the transfer of the funds to the accused’s account.
When the senior treasurer collected bank statements he established that K200, 000 was supposed to be transferred to the accused personal account.

The senior treasurer later discovered that there were irregularities regarding the bank transactions.

During a meeting that was convened by Elder Mbiza to ascertain what necessitated such transfers the accused allegedly confessed to have withdrawn the money. He said he wanted to invest it in his business to make profit out of it and return the money later.

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