Former Republican president Federick Chiluba has been acquitted by
the Lusaka magistrates' court over corruption charges he was facing involving
the theft of US $500,000.
The marathon judgment delivered by Ndola High
Court Registrar Johns Chinyama, sitting as a magistrate that took about six
hours to deliver however found his co-accused Access Financial Services Limited
former directors Aaron Chungu and Faustin Kabwe guilty and have since been
jailed for three years with hard labour.
According to the judgment, the
acquittal was based on the fact that the prosecution team failed to prove their
case beyond reasonable doubt on all counts against the former
There was wild jubilation as sympathisers chanted pro-Chiluba
songs as he left the court buildings. He immediately announced that he would be
holding a press conference at his Kabulonga residence.