POLICE in Lusaka yesterday recorded warn-and-caution statements from former Minister of Defence Geoffrey Mwamba’s wife, Chama and his daughter Thandiwe, for six counts each involving corrupt practices.
Mrs Mwamba and her daughter were accompanied to Woodlands Police Station by Mr Mwamba, her lawyers Makebi Zulu, Martha Mushipe and Jonas Zimba as well as family members.
Other sympathisers who accompanied her were Lubansenshi Constituency Independent member of Parliament (MP) Patrick Mucheleka, Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) president Father Frank Bwalya, Open Society Foundation executive director Sunday Chanda and UPND members Paul Moonga and Edwin Lifwekelo.
Scores of placard-carrying supporters chanted pro-GBM songs as police officers blocked the road leading to Woodlands Police Station.
Police spokesperson Charity Munganga-Chanda said in a press statement issued after the questioning that the duo is alleged to have committed the offences between April 1 and November 30, 2012.
“As directors/partners of Arizona Marketing and Distributors, they are alleged to have committed three counts of uttering a false document contrary to Section 352 of Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia involving manufacturers authorization, company profile and pole specifications to the Zambia Public Procurement Authority and Zesco purporting them to have been issued by Board Timber Limited of Zimbabwe when in fact not,” she said.
Mrs Chanda further said Mrs Mwamba and Thandiwe were also warned and cautioned for two counts of alleged forgery of documents contrary to the laws of Zambia.
“Further, the duo, in their capacity as directors/partners of Arizona Marketing and Distributors has also been warned and cautioned for two counts of making a false document contrary to Section 344 of Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia, namely a company profile for Board Timber and poles specifications purporting that they were issued from Board Timber Limited when in fact not,” she said.
Ms Chanda said the duo, whilst acting together with other unknown people, is also alleged to have forged two manufacturers’ authorisation documents contrary to Section 342 Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia purporting that they were issued by Board Timber Limited when in fact not.
“We have not laid any formal charges against the duo but investigations into the matter are still going on,” she said.
And Mrs Mwamba told journalists after the interrogation that the questioning went on well but claimed she is being persecuted by the authorities and wondered how the matter has resurfaced after being cleared by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
Thandiwe avoided questions from journalists as she was whisked away by one of her family members.