THE Anti-Corruption commission has sued Chrispin Mondoloka’s widow, Vivianne, seeking a forfeiture order in respect of a property which her husband is suspected to have bought with proceeds of crime.
According to a statement filed in the Lusaka High Court principal registry, the commission submitted that it sued Vivianne in her capacity as administrator of the estate of Mondoloka, who was Road DevelopmentAgency chairperson in the Rupiah Banda regime.
The commission stated that on June 29, 2012, it received a report alleging abuse of authority of office against Mondoloka.
The said report, according to the ACC, alleged that Mondoloka, whilst working as RDA board chairperson in Lusaka, abused the authority of his office when he influenced the awarding of contracts to Sanyati Construction Limited and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Limited.
It is also alleged that Mondoloka corruptly solicited and received K750,000 and K3,051, 845.44 respectively from the two named companies after they were awarded road construction contracts by RDA under the formula one road projects.
The report further alleged that Mondoloka benefited from the said transactions by buying for himself property at plot 3, Twin Palm road in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area using the same money from the said two companies.
“The said money was received by Mr Chrispin Luambe Mondoloka through the partnership account of Brian Colquhoun Hugh O’Donnel held with Standard Chartered Bank Plc. The said money was later transferred to Chibesakunda and Company Advocates who were handling the conveyance of the property for and on behalf of the said Mr Chrispin Luambe Mondoloka,” the ACC stated.
ACC also stated that the said money was then paid to the British High Commission, the vendor of the said property.
It submitted that following the receipt of the said allegations, it instituted investigations and that the property was seized by a warrant issued under section 58 of the Anti-Corruption Act number 3 of 2012.
ACC stated that investigations established that the property in issue was bought by Mondoloka at US$900,000, using money suspected to have been proceeds of corrupt activities, and registered in his name.
Investigations, according to ACC, further revealed that the two construction companies had no financial obligations with Brian Colquhoun Hugh O’Donnel to warrant payment of the said amounts.
The commission is therefore seeking a forfeiture order in respect of the said property as provided for by section 29 as read together with section 31 of the forfeiture of the proceeds of crime Act number 19 of 2010.
In 2014, Vivianne had asked the Lusaka High Court to quash the warrant of seizure issued by the Anti-Corruption Commission on the said property.
Vivianne argued that no investigations into the alleged corrupt practices involving her spouse could be carried out posthumously under the ACC Act.