Connect with us


ACC arrests more suspects in Ministry of Finance scandal



THE Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has in the last quarter arrested 10 people in connection with corrupt practices, bringing the total to 38 arrests since January.

One of the recent arrests is that of the Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary Mukuli Chikuba, who has been charged with multiple offences involving more than K2 million.

Another arrested suspects include Luapula Province Minister Derrick Chilundika who is involved in illegal mining of thw famous precious mineral , Sugilite.

ACC Head Corporate Communications Timothy Moono said corruption will not be condoned in running the affairs of the country.

Mr Moono was speaking during a media briefing of the second quarter ACC activities undertaken against corruption.

“As a Commission, we believe that curtailing corruption is not just about punishing the corrupt. Indeed, prosecution of corrupt individuals is necessary to demonstrate that corruption cannot be tolerated and that it is an undesirable crime in society,” he said.

He said, however, it is equally important that citizens should refrain from engaging in corrupt practices.

Mr Moono echoed the elation of the commission towards the decision by President Hakainde Hichilema to remove certain Government officials from office for engaging in corrupt practices.

“To remove from office former Luapula Provincial Minister Derrick Chilundika and the eventual arrest of everyone involved in the illegal mining of Sugilite, this demonstrates the strong political will by Government to fight past, present and future corrupt practices. This is as it should be so that anyone contemplating engaging in corrupt practices will have to think twice,” he said.

Mr Moono outlined that the Commission has been investigating public officials at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning which resulted in the arrest of 20 officials for making payments for fictitious activities and theft of public funds.

“Those arrested included former Auditor General Dr Dick Sichembe, the Accountant General, and two Deputy Auditor Generals. A few weeks ago, the Commission effected an arrest on the Permanent Secretary at the same Ministry of Finance and National Planning Mr Mukuli Chikuba. He has been charged with multiple offences involving over K2,000,000.00,” he said.

Mr Moono said the offences by Mr Mukuli include Abuse of Authority of Office, Willful Failure to Follow Applicable Procedure and Theft by Public Servant contrary to the laws of Zambia.

He noted that in addition, the Commission has also arrested the Director of Internal Audit at the same Ministry, Francis Ngwenya.

He said Mr Ngwenya has been charged with the offences of Abuse of Authority of Office, Willful Failure to Follow Applicable Procedure and Obtaining money by false pretenses involving K1million in form of allowances contrary to the laws of Zambia.

“The commission has also taken note of the latest Trends Report released by the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC). The Commission has been analyzing the matters that are contained in the report and strategizing on those cases that relate to the mandate of the Commission.

However, I wish to inform you that in the second quarter, the Commission actually received one report of suspected corrupt practices from the FIC. The Commission earlier in the first quarter of this year received four reports from the FIC. As such, the Commission has received a total of five cases from the FIC so far and all the cases are still under investigation,” he said.

He added that during the last quarter, the Commission received a total of 294 reports of suspected cases of corruption.

“Out of these cases, 152 reports did not have elements of corruption and as such advice was given to all those that provided the information on how best to pursue the matters.However,142 reports contained elements of corruption and of these reports 135 were authorized for investigations,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, 28th July, 2023)


Edith Nawakwi in court for abduction and threatening to kill Hatembos



FORUM For Democracy and Development (FDD) Edith Nawakwi has been taken to court to explain why she allegedly abducted and threatened to kill two farmers, Pheluna and Milton Hatembo.

Ms Nawakwi, 63, has been charged with four counts of a kidnapping or abduction with intent to confine person and threating violence.

Allegations are that between August 31, 2021 and September 1, 2022, the accused, while acting with others unknown, with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Pheluna.

Ms Nawakwi did so when she allegedly told Pheluna that “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.

In the second count, it is alleged that between the same dates, the former Minister of Finance, while acting with others unknown and with intent to cause injury or alarm threatened to kill Milton.

She did so when she allegedly told Hatembo “I will kill you by chopping your head if you tell anyone whatever I discuss”.

In the third count, allegations ate that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Pheluna from Choma to Lusaka.

She allegedly abducted the victim with intent to cause the woman to be secretly and wrongly confined against her wishes.

In the last count, allegations are that between the same dates, Nawakwi, jointly and while acting with unknown others, abducted Milton from Choma to Lusaka with intent to cause her to be secretly and wrongly confined against his wishes.

When the case came up yesterday, Lusaka chief resident magistrate Davies Chibwili allocated the case to magistrate Amy Masoja.

Ms Nawakwi is yet to take plea in the case which was widely publicized prior to the August 12, 2021 general elections.

(Mwebantu, Tuesday, 21st November, 2023)

Continue Reading


PF infighting continues as Mile Sampa’s election challenged in court



PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) Mporokoso Member Parliament of Brian Mundubile has petitioned the Lusaka High Court to declare null and void the extraordinary convention which elected Miles Sampa as party  president.

Mr Mundubile seeks a declaration that Mr Sampa was expelled from the PF and is not a member of the party.

He also wants a declaration that Mr Sampa’s  move to appoint Morgan Ng’ona as PF secretary general is null and void because the correct office bearer is Raphael Nakacinda.

The politician also wants the court to declare that Mr N’gona is not the PF secretary general.

Mr Mundubile also wants a declaration that the changes made to the office bearers of PF at Registrar of Societies, by the Miles Sampa-led PF, are null and void.

He also seeks a restraining order stopping Mr Sampa and Mr Ng’ona and their agents from issuing any statements on behalf of PF.

In this lawsuit, Mr Mundubile has cited Mr Nakacinda, Mr Sampa, Mr Ng’ona and the The Registrar of Societies as defendants.

He submits that Article 52(2) of the PF constitution provided that a candidate interested in contesting as party president must indicate his interest to the SG of the party.

Mr Mundubile says upto 600 delegates from each province are to be selected in accordance with rules made by the central committee as provided for by Regulation 69(b) of the PF constitution.

“That the PF constitution requires that for a general conference to be held. The central committee must summon such a meeting as required by article 58(k) of the PF constitution,” he submits.

On October 24, Mr Sampa was elected PF president at an extra -ordinary general conference held at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

Mr Sampa, who is Matero Member of Parliament, was elected after polling over 2,000 votes beating six other candidates.
But the PF deemed the extra-ordinary convention illegal.

(Mwebantu, Thursday, 2nd November, 2023)

Continue Reading


Unka-Go’s General manager shares remarks at Lusaka Tigers FC MoU Sponsorship Handover




As the cool breeze of Lusaka’s evening air filled the atmosphere, a historical moment unfolded at the grounds of the Lusaka Tigers Football Club. Under the watchful eyes of the club’s Chairman Mr. Edwin Mulenga, the Vice Chairman Mr. Mumbo Lombe, Treasurer Mr. Steven Chishimba, distinguished guests, and members of the media, Ms. Angela Chipalo, the esteemed General Manager of Unka-Go, took to the podium.

Her speech was not just words; it was a testament to Unka-Go’s unfettered commitment to not just business growth, but societal upliftment, a pledge to weave the fabric of community development through sports.

“For us at Unka-Go, mobility is not just about moving from point A to B, but about moving dreams, aspirations, and communities towards growth and progress,” Ms. Chipalo stated. A renowned mobility company under the Probase Group, Unka-Go has reimagined taxi hailing and motorbike delivery services, bringing an integration of efficiency, safety, and innovation.

A gleam of pride was evident in Ms. Chipalo’s eyes as she reminisced on the brand’s journey, including the successful partnership as the official mobility ally for the Stanbic Music Festival. Yet, this evening was about a new chapter, a chapter scripted in the lanes of Matero, home to the Lusaka Tigers Football Club.

“We are not just sponsors; we are partners, allies, and supporters,” asserted Ms. Chipalo. This one-year sponsorship, with prospects of renewal, is a pledge to breathe life into the club’s aspirations, nurture young talents, and make football not just a sport, but a catalyst for community transformation.

As Ms. Chipalo handed over a cheque of K200,000 to the club, it symbolized more than financial support; it was a gesture of faith in the club’s potential, and an investment in the dreams of many young footballers in Matero and beyond.

“In every strike of the ball, every goal scored, and every triumphant cheer, we see the echo of Unka-Go’s ethos – moving beyond boundaries, breaking barriers, and creating paths where none existed,” she remarked.

Football is more than a game. For the Lusaka Tigers and the community of Matero, it’s a source of hope, unity, and a platform where dreams take flight. Unka-Go’s sponsorship is not just about nurturing football talents but is a pledge to be a wind beneath the wings of the community’s aspirations.

As the event concluded, the stars twinkling in the night seemed to dance in harmony to the new melody scripted in the partnership of Unka-Go and Lusaka Tigers. A melody of hope, progress, and an unyielding drive for excellence. This is more than a sponsorship; it’s a journey where every stride, every victory, and every challenge will be a shared experience.

In the heart of Matero, as the cool night whispered the tales of a new beginning, Unka-Go and Lusaka Tigers stood not just as partners but as a symbol of a community’s unyielding spirit and undaunted dreams. Today, Lusaka didn’t just witness a sponsorship announcement but the dawn of a new era in Zambian football.

Follow Unka-Go …



Continue Reading

Mwebantu on Facebook

© Copyright © 2023 Mwebantu. All Rights Reserved. Zambia's leading Social news platform.