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ACC investigating former councilor who bought a local bank for K300 million

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The Anti-Corruption Commission has disclosed that it is investigating a former ward councilor of Lusaka for the suspicious purchase of a named bank together with all of the bank’s assets worth K300 million.

And the Commission is also investigating officials at DMMU for allegedly buying an unknown number of Toyota Land cruisers using COVID-19 funds and other resources meant for disaster relief for political activities in the last general elections.

Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka, ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe said the commission received a total of 87 reports of suspected cases of Corruption.

She said the commission has a number of cases which are under Investigations and are of public interest.

“The Commission is investigating a senior public official at a quasi-government institution in a matter involving the alleged purchase of 12 motor vehicles worth K33.6 million used during the last general election campaigns. The Commission is also investigating a matter involving an alleged secret and illegal account at the Ministry of Finance purportedly used to siphon millions of Kwacha. Former senior government officials at the Ministry of Health are being investigated for allegedly awarding contracts for the purchase of COVID-19 protective equipment to businessmen without following procedure. This is a new case and is different from the Honey Bee case,” Ms Chibwe said.

She said the ACC is further investigating two former senior police officials into illegal trading of mukula trees that were transported to unknown destinations.

“Investigations against officials at the Ministry of Local Government into alleged illegal awarding of contracts for roadworks worth over K10 million to two private companies which did not execute the works in Central Province. Alleged illegal purchase of six houses in one of Lusaka’s low-density areas and owning property which include a fleet of motor vehicles suspected to be proceeds of crime by a Senior public official are under investigations,” she said.

She said a former government official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is being investigated for allegedly acquiring seven houses and other property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime in one of Lusaka’s low-density areas.

“An investigation against one of the senior managers at Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) is underway for alleged abuse of company financial resources which were used to pay for school fees both locally and abroad worth over K1 million,” said Chibwe.

She said the Commission is elated with the remarks of President Hakainde Hichilema during the Official Opening of the 1st Session of the 13th National Assembly on his strong political will displayed so far in the fight against corruption in Zambia.

“The Commission wishes to commend the President for this reaffirmation that he will not interfere with the operations of the Anti-Corruption Commission. His pronouncement that his government has declared war against and zero tolerance to corruption projects the fight against corruption as vitally important on the national agenda. The pronouncement gives the Commission added impetus and vigour to confront the scourge of corruption head-on and continue developing and implementing enhanced strategies to stem out the vice in both public and private institutions.

Therefore, in discharging its mandate the Commission will endeavor to remain impartial, meticulous and take decisive actions against corruption in all of its manifestations and ensure that all cases of suspected corruption are pursued to their logical conclusion.”

Chibwe said the fight against corruption is for everyone.

“…the Commission takes this opportunity to emphasize that everyone in Zambia has a stake in the fight against corruption as there is no single player who can eradicate corruption without the participation and contribution of others. The Commission will therefore, continue building and strengthening coalitions with critical stakeholders such as civil society organizations, traditional leaders, the private sector and ordinary citizens so that as a united front, we win the fight against corruption.”

She said all the above complaints were reported to the Commission by members of the public after there was a change of government.

Chibwe said this is usually the trend that occurs after a general election and more so, when there is a change of government.

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