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(LUSAKATIMES) Prof.Clive Chirwa re-arrested
Time Posted: November 22, 2013 2:16 pm

The Anti-Corruption Commission has today re-arrested former Zambia Railways Limited Chief Executive Officer Professor Clive Chirwa for Failure to Disclose Interest, and Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Prof. Chirwa is charged with one count of failure to Disclose Interest contrary to section 28 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.

Two days ago the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) discontinued the court proceedings against former Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) chief executive officer Clive Chirwa after state prosecutors applied to the court to have matter withdrawn. When the case came up for the commencement of trial Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) Senior legal and prosecutions officer Silumesi Muchula applied to the count to withdraw the matter after receiving instructions from the office of the DPP under section 88 (a) of the Criminal Procedure Code and would also consider the next course of action.

Details are that Prof. Chirwa, 59, between 1st November, 2012 and 31st December, 2012 as Chief Executive Officer 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.

Further, Prof. Chirwa is jointly charged with Ms. Regina Mwale, 50, a Finance Director of Zambia Railways Limited with two counts of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to section 99 (1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Details of the first count are that between 1st February, 2013 and 2nd March 2013 in Kabwe, Prof. Chirwa, whilst acting together with Ms. Mwale and others unknown, abused the authority of his office by paying Fallsway Apartments a total of K72, 282, 210 for accommodation for his benefit, an amount beyond Prof Chirwa’s entitlement an act which is prejudicial to the interest and rights of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

In the second count, the details are that on dates unknown but between 3rd March 2013 and 2nd April 2013 in Kabwe, Prof. Chirwa, jointly and whilst acting together with Regina Mwale and others unknown, abused his authority of office by again paying Fallsway Apartments K72, 232, 210 for accommodation for the benefit of Prof. Chirwa an amount beyond Prof Chirwa’s entitlement an act which is prejudicial to the interest and rights of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

Prof. Chirwa has since been released on Police bond and will appear in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court on 5th December 2013.

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