Thursday, November 17, 2011

(LUSAKATIMES) Maxwell Mwale arrested and denied bail

Maxwell Mwale arrested and denied bail
TIME PUBLISHED - Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 8:58 pm

File: Former Mines minister Maxwell Mwale and Chinese state grid corporation executive vice president Shu Yinbiao exchange notes in Lusaka

Maxwell Mwale, Former Mines and Minerals Minister in the Rupiah Banda led administration has been arrested. Sources familiar with the development have disclosed that Mr. Mwale, who is also Malambo Member of Parliament(MP), was arrested Wednesday, afternoon after long hours of interrogation.

Mr. Mwale has been arrested in connection with the alleged disappearance of gold at the drug enforcement Commission (DEC) offices in Lusaka. He is said to have been denied police bond and has been detained at Woodlands Police Station.

Mr. Mwale is expected to be taken to court tomorrow. Recently, Mr. Mwale was summoned to appear before a combined team of law enforcement agencies over the gold which, Republican President, Michael Sata claim was stolen.

He becomes the latest high profile official in the previous administration to be thrown in the cells following revelation by the Police command that all those linked to the missinggold will start appearing in court this week.

Meanwhile, Former Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) Commissioner Aaron Zulu who was arrested on Tuesday has appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ court for mention.

This is in a matter where Mr. Zulu is charged with abuse of authority.

The former DEC Chief is alleged to have abused his authority on July 8 this year by directing the sale of one hundred and eighteen point 897 Kilograms ofGold to Societe Financier Du Seujut SA.

The gold was allegedly sold at the value less than the market price.

Mr. Zulu is set to appear for another mention on November 23, pending consent from the Director of Public Prosecutions -DPP- to prosecute the matter.

Meanwhile, Principal Resident Magistrate Aridah Chuulu has granted Mr. Zulu a Five Million Kwacha cash bail.

Magistrate Chuulu has also ordered Mr. Zulu to avail two working sureties in their own recognizance.

This was after Defence lawyer Sakwiba Sikota, applied for bail saying his client is facing a bailable offence and is of fixed abode.


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