ANTI-Corruption Commission (ACC) Board Chairman, Musa Mwenya, has refuted allegations that the K65 Million forfeited from Ms Faith Musonda was misappropriated by the ACC.
The allegations had surfaced on social media and were later reported in the News Diggers Newspaper in their Monday publication.
At a press briefing, Mr Mwenya stated, “We have not received the document that is circulating on social media and have only had sight of it from social media and press reports. We are therefore not aware of its authenticity.”
According to Mr Mwenya, the investigation at the Ministry of Finance began in November 2020, long before his board was appointed. The two deputy auditor generals and the auditor general were arrested between 1st and 9th March 2023. The audit was initiated only after their arrest and subsequent interrogations.
In defending the ACC’s reputation, Mr Mwenya highlighted an instance of misinformation from the circulating document.
“At page 61 of the purported management letter, there is an allegation that K65 million forfeited from Ms Faith Musonda was misappropriated,” he said. “This is a blatant falsehood.”
The Chairman referred to a media briefing on 23rd February 2022, where the ACC handed a cheque for K65,333,046 over to the Minister of Finance. The money was moved from the ACC account at the Bank of Zambia to the Ministry of Finance on 3rd of March 2022, thus countering the claim of misappropriation.
Mr Mwenya voiced his disappointment with the media’s handling of unconfirmed information, stating that the press plays a crucial role in the fight against corruption. He urged for accuracy and verification in reporting, calling for a united front against corruption.
“Ladies and gentlemen, corruption fights back and it does so viciously, and we must not give in to the machinations of those who wish to weaken the Anti-Corruption Commission and the fight against corruption,” he said
(Mwebantu, Monday, 5th June, 2023)
Kasomeno-Kasenga-Chalwe-Kabila-Mwenda Road to create employment for Zambia and Congo
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema Zambia is dedicated to leveraging Public Private Partnerships in order to deliver infrastructure projects.
The President who today joined his counterpart President Felix Tshisekedi to the inauguration ceremony of the Kasomeno – Kasenga – Chalwe – Kabila- Mwenda Road said Public Private Partnerships not only alleviates fiscal pressure but also encourages active participation from the private sector in economic development.
He said the project’s significance extends beyond regional integration as it will bolster connectivity, improve accessibility, reduce transport costs, and contribute to poverty alleviation by generating jobs and fostering wealth creation.
“We are delighted to have joined His Excellency President Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo to inaugurate the Kasomeno – Kasenga – Chalwe – Kabila- Mwenda Road, along with the One Stop Border Post Project, which includes the construction of the Luapula River Bridge.
Zambia and the DRC share robust bilateral relations, and this project exemplifies our commitment to strengthening the ties between our two nations and peoples,” he said.
President Hichilema further called GED Africa the Concessionaire to prioritise the utilisation of local materials and the employment of local people, especially our youth and women.
“Land-linked Zambia’s access to regional and international markets presents a vital opportunity for diversification and growth. The tripartite region boasts immense market potential and GDP growth, which our country aims to harness,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 2nd October, 2023)
President Hakainde Hichilema to attend ground breaking ceremony of Kasomeno-Kasenga-Chalwe-Kabila Mwenda road project in the Democratic Republic of Congo
PRESIDENT Hakainde Hichilema is today expected to undertake a one-day official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo where he is expected to grace the ground breaking ceremony of the Kasomeno-Kasenga-Chalwe-Kabila Mwenda Road Project, with his counterpart Félix Tshisekedi.
Ministerof Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo said in a statement that the launch of the project by GED Africa Limited and Partners will take place in Kasenga, DRC.
He said the project includes a road, a One Stop Border Post and a bridge across the Luapula River.
“President Hichilema has continued to underscore the importance of developing transport corridors in a bid to enhance trade links for sectors such as mining and agriculture and provide employment and other long term economic benefits for improved livelihoods of the people along the corridors,” he said.
Mr Kakubo said the project is in line with the Zambian Government’s development agenda
that prioritises the creation of financially viable joint venture partnerships in the region and beyond that are aimed at stimulating economic development and progress.
The Minister said the actualization of the road project attests to the excellent longstanding bilateral relations and cooperation between Zambia and the DRC.
He said Zambia’s active involvement in this project will not only enhance regional connectivity and greater integration but also contribute to improving people’s wellbeing through creation of opportunities for employment and other income generating ventures.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 2nd October, 2023)
Former First Lady, Esther, expected in court today for alleged theft of cars and US$400,000 money laundering
FOLLOWING her recent arrest, former First Lady Esther Lungu, and four others, including two police officers, have been taken to court over alleged theft of three cars and money laundering involving over K1.5million.
Mrs Lungu is also facing a charge of concealing US$400,000 which is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The other suspects in the matter are o James Phiri and Lee Chisulo, both police officers of Obama and New Chilenje, respectively, and Catherine Banda and Kapambwe Lungu, whose occupation are yet to be established.
The are facing five counts of theft of motor vehicles, theft and concealing property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Allegations are that between August 9, 2021 and September 30,2022, the five stole a Mitsubishi canter registration number BAV 5282 worth K 320,000, belonging to Elizabeth Phiri, who is reportely the former first lady’s niece.
In the second count, allegations are that between the same dates, all the accused persons stole a Toyota Runx Registration number BLA 9772 valued at K 110,000 , the property of Ms Phiri.
It is alleged in count three that between the same dates, the accused stole a Toyota Alex registration number BAV 3986 valued at K 110,000 belonging to Furhana Patel.
In count four, Ms Lungu and others allegedly stole a certificate of title relating to stand number S/LUSAKA/333/2977 situated in Libala , Lusaka water works worth K 1,050,000, the property of Ms Phiri.
In the last count, allegations are that between the same dates, Ms Lungu, a housewife according to the indictment, had in her possession or concealed US$400,000, money is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The accused are expected to appear before Lusaka Magistrate Mbuywana Sinvula.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 29th September, 2023)