FORMER State House Press Aide, Amos Chanda has described a statement issued by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alleging that he owns 15 properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime as a total lie.
Yesterday, ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said the Commission recorded a warn and caution statement from Mr Chanda.
She said Mr Chanda was warned and cautioned in connection with being in possession of 15 properties reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.
However in a statement issued last night, Mr Chanda expressed shock at the Commission’s continued pattern of ‘obnoxious lies’.
“I can confirm that today[Yesterday] the ACC summoned me and presented me with a list over 30 properties and mining licenses which they alleged belonged to me. I exercised my right to remain silent because of all those properties I could only recognize four title deeds in my name, two of which are developed and the others are just bare land acquired from the Ministry of Lands and various councils,” he said.
Mr Chanda denied having the 15 properties as alleged by the Commission adding that interrogators assured him that they took note of his position and and that no statement would be issued over the matter until they verify ownership.
“During this interview, the ACC also ‘donated’ three properties to me located in Roma Park, Lusaka. They told me that I owned the double -storey buildings in Roma Park and they wanted to know the value. I told them I don’t know the value of the properties I did not own and so they can ask the owners,” he said.
Mr Chanda has since challenged the Commission to name all the alleged properties by title, location and physical addresses.
“It is a shame that a state institution would have no shame to lie. I have always said ACC must present their case before a competent court but it appears they enjoy malicious attacks on my integrity. Properties have addresses such as road name, title number and towns where they are located. Please name these items and present the matter before a judge so we can prove our innocence.The commission also asked how I afford school fees for my two children who at Baobab College and the one who competed Grade 12 at St Mary’s last year. They also asked what my salary was at Zambia Daily Mail, London Mission and State House. They asked me about 25 cows at the farm, 43 goats and 50 cows in Namwaala. This the summary of proceeding of today not the lies Queen is telling. They asked me about bank loans and relationships with at least six people I have neither met nor have knowledge of whatsoever,” he said.
Mr Chanda said he will seek legal advise on the allegations leveled against him by the Commission.
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