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DEC arrest former Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji months after he bought a helicopter

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), has arrested former Foreign Affairs minister Joseph Malanji for acquiring an helicopter, suspected to be proceeds of crime.

And the commission has also jointly charged and arrested Mr Malanji and former Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba for failure to comply with the law whilst they served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary to the Treasury, respectively.
DEC head of public relations, Mathias Kamanga has told #Mwebantu in a statement that Mr Malanji 56 has been charged and arrested for possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

He said particulars of the offence are that Mr Malanji, jointly and whilst acting together with Gibson Power Systems Limited and other persons unknown, possessed a Helicopter Bell 430 valued at about US$1,400,000.00.

Mr Kamanga said Mr Malanji has also been charged and arrested on other counts for being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

“Particulars of the offence are that Mr. Malanji jointly and whilst acting with other persons unknown, on dates unknown but between 1st December 2020 and 31st August 2021 did possess three properties namely Property No 269 sub A291 of Lot 28473 where he paid US$16,733.33 cash, Property No. 270 Sub A292 of Lot 28473 where he paid US$14,311.04 cash and Property No. 033 Sub A411 of Lot 28473 where he paid US$18,955.33 cash, all of Lusaka,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Malanji, of Plot No. 179 Acacia Road in Roma Park, Lusaka has also been jointly charged and arrested with Mr Yamba 62, of Plot No. 5, Ibex Hill for willful failure to comply with the Law contrary to section 34 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 of the Laws of Zambia.
“Particulars of the offence are that Mr Malanji in his capacity as Foreign Affairs Minister at the time, jointly and whilst acting together with Mr Yamba in his capacity as Secretary to the Treasury, and other persons unknown, on dates unknown but between 1st January 2020 and 30th August 2021, directly or indirectly did influence the transfer of K154,201,197.00 to the Zambian mission in Turkey without following the law on Supplementary Expenditure as provided by Article 203 of the Zambian Constitution Act No. 2 of 2016,” he said.

Mr Kamanga said Mr Yamba has been released on police bond while Mr Malanji has been detained in Police Custody whilst the Commission is waiting for him to meet the conditions set for Police Bond to be met.

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