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Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) officers drag a business man off a plane in Lusaka, while he was attempting to flee the country over a case he is accused of corrupt practices

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SURYA Energy Limited Exports Manager, Aditya Arora,38, of Lusaka’s Rhodes park area has been arrested for corrupt practices involving a K4,000 after he tried to flee the country.

Aditya is believed to have bribed a named officer from the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) in order for him to have his oil tankers included on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation licence.

Aditya who had already boarded that plan was removed and apprehended at Kenneth Kaunda Airport in Lusaka .

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Spokesperson Queen Chibwe said Aditya has been detained and is expected to appear in court on Monday.

“The arrest follows investigations in which it was established that Aditya offered a bribe of K4,000.00 to a named officer of the Energy Regulations Board (ERB) in order for the officer to include an oil tanker on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation licence.

Investigations have revealed that in May this year, Surya Energy Limited applied to have six oil tankers inspected by ERB for purposes of their inclusion in their road transportation license for petroleum products,” she said

She said the license that Surya Energy Limited had was valid till July 2024 and it has been established that on July 1st , this year, Surya Energy Limited only made four tankers available for inspection out of the six at their Mungwi Road garage.

“Following the inspection, approval was granted for the four tankers to be included in the road transportation license for petroleum products.

However, Aditya Arora later sent K4,000 as a bribe to a named ERB Officer who was one of the inspectors to facilitate the addition of another tanker on the list of inspected tankers for inclusion in the license. The ERB officer rejected the bribe and reported the issue to his superiors, who passed it on to the ACC,” she said.

Ms Chibwe added that in relation to the same matter, the Commission has also recorded a warn and caution statement from Aditya’s lawyer Mwansa Chambaila of Ituna Partners, Lusaka, for giving false information to an officer of the Commission.

“Mwansa is alleged to have provided information to the effect that Aditya was scheduled to travel out of the country on August 5th, 2022 when in fact Aditya was scheduled to travel the previous day, August 4th 2022. Alert officers managed to track Aditya and had him removed from the plane which he had already boarded.Aditya is detained in Police custody and is expected to appear in court on Monday August 8th 2022,for mention,” she said.

(Mwebantu, Friday, August 5th, 2022)

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Chinsali MP admits getting drugged by two Tanzanian women after drinking, As he disputes the two of being prostitutes

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PATRIOTIC FRONT (PF) Chinsali Member of Parliament Kalalwe Mukosa has confirmed that he was drugged by two unknown Tanzanian women while he lodged at Urban Hotel in Ndola.

Mr Mukosa says that the two ladies, who had introduced themselves as business women earlier at noon and were also logged at the same hotel allegedly drugged him with valium and stole from him while helping him get to his room while in an intoxicated state.

He has since refuted a paragraph in a story published by the Zambia Daily Mail with the assumption that the two were prostitutes.

In a letter addressed to Zambia Mail managing director, Mr Mukosa’s lawyer Bonaventure Mutale said while the rest of the story is accurate, the incident of drugging his client’s drink or wine occurred while he was seated around the swimming pool area in the company of the two women long before the closure of the bar.

“We have been retained by Mr. Kalawa Mukosa, MP in connection with your article headlined “MP Mukosa Robed.” “2 Tanzanian ladies drugged him with valium in his room.” The article reads in part: “Patriotic Front (PF) CHINSALI Member of Parliament Kawala Mukosa has allegedly been robbed out of K18 000 by two women of Tanzanian origin he invited for drinks in his room at Ndola Urban Hotel…” Mr Mutale said.

Mr Mutale said Mr Mukosa is not aware that the two women were prostitutes as they had earlier in the day as they ate breakfast introduced themselves as business women.

He said Mr Mukosa was intoxicated by the drug that was dropped in his drink while sitting around the swimming pool and that the two women offered to assist him to walk to is room where they robbed him after he fell unconscious.

“The two women were also booked in the Hotel in Room 14. We advise that Mr Mukosa was intoxicated by the drug that was dropped in his drink whilst sitting around the swimming pool and that the two women offered to assist him to walk to is room where they robbed him after he fell unconscious.

In the light of the above, our instructions are to request you to retract the portion of the story that states that Mr. Mukosa was allegedly robbed of K18000.00 by two women of Tanzanian origin whom he invited for drinks in his room at Ndola Urban Hotel,” Mr Mutale said.

He has since asked the Newspaper to retract a paragraph from the story which assumed that he invited the two women in his room.

“We note that this article has also been published on your online platform.Our instructions are that you should publish in print and on your online platform a corrected version and apology to Hon. Mukosa in the course of the next five days, failure to which we have instructions to commence action in the High Court for Zambia.Kindly note that Hon. Mukosa has by separate correspondence engaged the Hotel Management for its breach of mandatory statutory duties as provided for in the Hotel Act,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Monday, 3rd October, 2022)

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Zambia to develop a progressive National Cultural Policy

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GOVERNMENT says the country is committed to developing and implementing a responsive and dynamic National Cultural Policy that will effectively contribute to the development agenda.

Minister of Tourism Rodney Sikumba has stressed that Zambia is propagating a progressive policy document to make culture a public good that will be accessed by all.

Mr Sikumba said this at the ongoing Mondiacult 2022 conference which is being held in Mexico city organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO),a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences, and culture.

“Once implemented ,the National Cultural Policy will address issues of sustainable human development by addressing current challenges without affecting aspirations of future generations.Zambia is ready to continue playing its role as a major player in the field of cultural development,” he said.

The conference whose objective is to reflect on cultural policies in today’s context has attracted over 115 ministers from around the world.

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Chilufya Tayali charged and arrested for hitting a female police officer with a kettle on her face

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ECONOMIC and Equity Party (EEP) leader Chilufya Tayali has been charged and arrested for hitting a female police officer who was on duty on the face with a kettle at Chilenje police station whilist in custody.

Zambia Police Spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident happened today in the hours of 08:00hours in the morning.

“Brief facts of the matter are that the wife to the suspect brought food and she was requested by the female police officer on duty to taste it as a procedure when someone brings food for suspects in custody. Then the Suspect got annoyed and said that you think my wife can poison me? From there he got the food and threw it on the floor and later on got a kettle and hit the female officer on the face. She sustained a swollen and painful face,” he said.

Mr Hamoonga has warned the general public that an assault on an individual police officer on duty is an assault on the entire Police Service.

“Such unlawful acts against any Police officer on duty shall not be tolerated as persons committing such unlawful acts shall be made to face the full wrath of the law as by law established,” he said.

(Mwebantu, Saturday, 1st October, 2022)

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ZAMBIA: COVID-19 STATS

04 Oct 2022, 11:41 AM (GMT)

Zambia Stats

333,555 Total Cases
4,017 Deaths
329,461 Recovered

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