Monday, October 07, 2013

Chirwa in court for abuse of office
By Moses Kuwema
Wed 11 Sep. 2013, 14:01 CAT

THE Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested former Zambia Railways Limited chief executive officer Professor Clive Chirwa for alleged corrupt practices involving over K280,000.00. In a statement, ACC corporate affairs officer Christopher Chibanku stated that Prof Chirwa was arrested yesterday and charged with two counts.

"In the first count, Prof Chirwa is charged with failure to disclose interest contrary to section 28 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012. Details are that Prof Chirwa, 59, between November 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012, as CEO of Zambia Railways Limited, recommended at the Zambia Railways Board meeting that Clavel Incorporated Limited, a company in which he is a shareholder be given a contract to train Zambia Railways employees without disclosing interest contrary to section 28 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012," Chibanku stated.

Chibanku stated that in the second count, Prof Chirwa was jointly charged with Regina Mwale, 50, a finance director of Zambia Railways Limited for abuse of authority of office contrary to section 99 (1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

He stated that details were that between November 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013, Prof Chirwa and Mwale, whilst acting together, abused the authority of their office by authorising a total payment of K289,128.84 to Fallsway Apartments of Lusaka for accommodation for the benefit of Prof Chirwa without following laid down procedures.

Chibanku stated that Prof Chirwa and his co-accused, who have since appeared in the Kabwe Magistrates' Court, have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

And in a similar development, the commission has arrested and charged two public officers for Choma Municipal Council for abuse of authority of office and uttering a false document involving K91,000.00.

Chibanku stated that the two officers, namely Killian Chibbunu, 49, a chief community development officer and Gabriel Malata, 47, a draftsman are alleged to have acquired eight pieces of land in Choma without following laid down procedures, which land they sold to unsuspecting members of the public.

He stated that the two are facing eight counts of abuse of authority of office each.

Chibanku stated that the accused persons appeared for mention in the Choma Magistrates' court yesterday.

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