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Herbalist Testifies In Case Involving Former First Lady

A Herbalist has testified that she is the owner of the house whose certificate of title has been allegedly grabbed by Former First lady Esther Lungu.

Elizabeth Phiri 53, of Lusaka’s Jack Compound testified before the Lusaka Magistrate Court that she allegedly bought the house in question from a couple Samuel Ndhlovu and Edna Banda at one million and fifty thousand Kwacha in January 2022.

Mrs. Phiri has also testified before Lusaka Magistrate Mbuyanwa Sinivula that former First Lady Esther Lungu allegedly on August 8, 2022 grabbed her Canter Motor Vehicle, a Runx and Allex belonging to her daughter Fahana Patel.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Phiri has denied having received US$300,000 from Former President Edgar Lungu’s niece Catherine Banda in 2021.

The money was part of the US$400,000 that Ms. Banda allegedly kept on behalf of Former Lady Esther.

She earlier testified that Ms. Banda adopted her as a mother after contracting her for herbal medicine services.

Mrs. Phiri alleged that through her herbal medicine service, Ms. Banda overcame her infertility for 15 years and acquired marriage.

This is in a matter where Mrs. LUNGU and four police officers are charged with four counts of theft of motor vehicles contrary to section 265 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of ZAMBIA.

The vehicles allegedly belong to Mrs. PHIRI, and her daughter Ms. Patel.

Mrs. Lungu is also individually charged with possession of US$400,000 deemed to be a proceed of crime contrary to section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceed of Crime Act Number 19 of 2010.

She is also accused of grabbing a certificate of title for Mrs. Phiri’s house in Lusaka’s Libala area.

Mrs. Lungu was arrested on September 06, 2023.

Source: ZNBC