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ACC arrests former Zambia Army chief of operations and OP officer over Mukula logs

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Zambia Army Chief of operations and an Officer in the Office of the President Special Division for corruption involving exportation of Mukula logs.

ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe has told Mwebantu in a media statement that Brigadier General Gilbert Mulenga,  retired aged 55 of 96 Independence Avenue, Woodlands in Lusaka and Bruce Aongola aged 46, an executive officer at the Office of the President Special Division of Lusaka have separately been arrested and charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office.

Mrs Chibwe said Brigadier General Mulenga whilst acting together with persons unknown on dates unknown but between 1st June 2021 and 30th September 2021 in Lusaka abused the authority of office by arbitrarily resolving to regularize an attempted illegal export to China of 23 containers laden with Mukula logs transported by Ackson Tembo of ACK General Suppliers.

She said the act was prejudicial to the interest of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

Mrs Chibwe said Mr Aongola has also been arrested and charged with the same offence of Abuse of Authority of Office by arbitrarily resolving to regularize an attempted illegal export to China of 23 containers laden with Mukula logs transported by Ackson Tembo of ACK General Suppliers.

“The duo has since been released on Bond and will appear in court soon,” she said.

Mrs Chibwe said in October last year, the Commission intercepted and seized a consignment of 23 trucks laden with Mukula logs belonging to Ackson Tembo, a Lusaka Businessman and proprietor of ACK General Suppliers.

She said the trucks were enroute to neighboring Namibia and Zimbabwe, with unknown final destinations.

Mr Tembo was recently arrested by the Commission for Conveyancing of Forestry Produce without a License and Unlawful Exportation of Mukula timber contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, January 20th, 2022)

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Kambwili Reacts to Obed Kasongo case

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“I have suffered many court cases , so I will not be careless to say that Bowman Lusambo Killed Obed Kasongo. That is tantamount to defamation,” Patriotic Front (PF) member Chishimba Kambwili has said.

Reacting to social media backlash over an article he is alleged to have stated that the late National Democratic Congress (NDC) youth chairperson Obed Kasongo died of Malaria and not from an assault allegedly perpertuated by Kabushi Lawmaker Mr Lusambo, Mr Kambwili said he will not be subjected to face court for defamation.

He however said that his statement to police will remain as it is, but that if people were aggrieved over the postmortem report which indicated that Mr Kasongo died of Malaria, they should seek a second opinion.

“At no point have I ever said that Bowman did not kill Kasongo. All I said is that there is a postmortem which indicates that he died of Malaria and it was carried out by a Russian pathologist. So those who feel that the postmortem is wrong, they have a right to a second opinion. Otherwise, the family have informed me that they will go by the postmortem currently available and have no plans to exhume the body,” he said.

Speaking at a media briefing at his residence, Mr Kambwili said people who needed a second opinion should go to police and check the records because it is up to police to open the records.

“I have been attacked left , right and center over the article. As I stand, I will not accuse anyone to say that they killed Mr Kasongo, it is not me to say that,” he said.

The former National Democratic Congress party leader also condemned , what he described as an unbecoming behaviour of transporting political opponents to far flung areas when an alleged crime is committed.

“I am not against people being arrested, the security wings have a right when they feel someone has perpertuated a crime. However, being bundled up and dragged to far flung areas to answer to charges should come to an end. Such an act is an extra judicial punishment which is not confirmatory with the law,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022)

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Police forwards the case of Obed Kasongo to NPA for a possible inquest

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POLICE have fowarded the case in which former National Democratic Party member Obed Kasongo died after he was allegedly assaulted to the National Prosecution Authority for a possible inquest.

In a statement, police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga has since urged the public to exercise restraint corncering the matter as the due process of the law takes its course.

He said police will update the public regarding the matter.

“The Zambia Police Service would to clarify that the matter involving the death of Obed Kasongo who died after having allegedly been assaulted in Luanshya has been forwarded to the National Prosecution Authority for a possible inquest holding,” he said.

Mr Kasongo died in 2019 after he was allegedly assaulted during the run up to the Roan parliamentary by election.

Former NDC president Chishimba Kambwili reported the matter to police accusing Kabushi Member of Parliament of causing the death of Mr Kasongo.

But Mr Lusambo described the accusations as baseless and malicious.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022)

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Lusambo and wife granted application to proceed contempt against UPND cadres who allegedly threatened to kill them

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THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has granted an application to Kabushi area Member of Parliament Bowman Lusambo and his wife Nancy to commence contempt of court proceedings against  Lusaka Province youth chairperson Anderson Banda together with some United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres.

On May 20, when Lusambo and his wife had appeared before the Lusaka Magistrate Court on allegations of corruption, it is alleged that Banda, the Lusaka youth UPND chairperson and some UPND cadres threatened to kill the couple.

When the matter came up before magistrate Faides Hamaundu, Lusambo’s lawyer Makebi Zulu applied to commence contempt proceedings against Banda and others.

In her ruling,  Magistrate Hamaundu granted the application.

“The conduct of the cadres lowers the dignity of the court and amounts to contempt,” she said.

The matter has been adjourned to June 3, this year for trial.

(Mwebantu, Wednesday, May 25th, 2022)

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