THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has cleared Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili, Patriotic Front (PF) Pambashe Member of Parliament (MP) Ronald Chitotela and former Information permanent secretary Amos Malupenga of corruption allegations.
The Commission has also decided not to take any further action into the case in which Labour and Social Security Minister Fackson Shamenda reported a Dangote official for attempting to bribe him.
ACC corporate affairs officer Timothy Moono said the Commission had completed investigations against alleged abuse of authority against Mr Kambwili over the congratulatory advertisements placed in the print media regarding his acquisition of a degree from Copperstone University.
“After thorough analysis of the evidence collected, the allegations were not proven and recommendations were made to the ministry for administrative action against some officials as there was insufficient evidence for prosecution,” he said.
The Commission had also cleared allegations of corruption against Mr Malupenga in the matter he was suspected to have received a bribe from a company that was bidding for the digital migration tender, as allegations were not substantiated.
It was also concluded that allegations leveled against Mr Chitotela in the manner he used Constituency Development Funds in his constituency were not substantiated and the matter has since been closed.
Mr Moono also said the Commission had disposed off the complaints by Mr Shamenda against a Dangote official who allegedly attempted to bribe the minister because the case was reported outside the stipulated time provided for in the Act for public officials to report cases of corruption.
Meanwhile, the Commission during the third quarter received a total of 298 suspected cases of corruption of which it instituted investigations on 56 which contained elements of corrupt practices.
Mr Moono said 31 reports did not fall under the jurisdiction of the ACC and were referred to relevant institutions for administrative action while 211 did not have elements of corruption and complainants were advised on other avenues of dealing with their complaints.
He said the Commission recorded eight arrests, bringing the total to 31 recorded countrywide while three convictions and two acquittals were recorded.
Mr Moono added that by close of the quarter, the Commission had instituted investigations in 236 cases while 125 had been concluded.
He said the Commission would continue to sensitise the public against corrupt practices through various programmes such as corruption vulnerability assessment, community education and rural sensitisation among them.
Times of Zambia