Zambia out to arrest corruption

Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP, PHOTO: Media

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – Zambian government recently said the arrest of Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) demonstrated that the Country’s investigative wings were performing according to their mandate and that they will continue to do so.

Speaking at a media briefing recently, the Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya said this arrest should inspire confidence in the country’s law enforcement agencies and investigative wings.

“The action also spoke to President Edgar Lungu’s stance on the fight against corruption,” said Siliya.

Meanwhile, the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) expressed confidence that the law will take its cause on the arrested minister.

“We are confident that the Anti-Corruption Commission will handle Chitotela’s case professionally,” said APNAC Zambia Chapter Chairperson Cornelius Mweetwa.

“Other people holding public offices should learn from the alleged corruption case against Chitolela. Let us remember that Chitotela remains innocent until proven guilty of the offense.”

Earlier this week, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested Infrastructure and Housing Minister Developing Ronald Chitotela and charged with two counts of concealing property suspected of being proceeds of crime, contrary to Section 71 subsection one of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act Number 19 of 2010.

Details in the first count are that on unknown dates but between the July, 2016 and October 2018 in Lusaka District, Mr Chitotela did conceal a property namely plot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Makeni, Lusaka. The property was disguised in the names of Diris Mukange property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

In the second count on dates unknown but between the July, 2016 and October 2018, the Minister did conceal a property namely the remaining extent of Subdivision A of lot 22183/M situated in Ibex Hill Lusaka. The property was also disguised in the name of Diris Mukange property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

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