ACC probes minister

Nathaniel Mubukwanu
Nathaniel Mubukwanu

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has commenced investigations into reports of alleged corrupt practices involving Patriotic Front Mongu Central member of Parliament (MP) Nathaniel Mubukwanu.

The 2012 Auditor-General’s report revealed that Mr Mubukwanu, who is also North-Western Province Minister, irregularly influenced the awarding of K452,000 constituency development fund (CDF) contracts to unqualified contractors.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said in Lusaka yesterday that the investigations follow a thorough analysis of the allegations of corruption levelled against Mr Mubukwanu in the 2012 Auditor-General’s report.
“We have commenced investigations into the reports of corruption against Mr Mubukwanu,” Mr Moono said.
He said he would give a comprehensive report within this week.
Recently, Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) executive director Goodwell Lungu called for the suspension of Mr Mubukwanu for alleged procurement irregularities involving CDF as cited in the 2012 report.
Mr Lungu called on President Sata to suspend Mr Mubukwanu.
He said TIZ is dismayed to learn that Mr Mubukwanu allegedly irregularly directed Mongu Municipal Council to award contracts in the allocation of two projects.
Ronald Chitotela and Rodgers Mwewa were fired in December last year as deputy ministers of Labour and Agriculture, respectively, as the ACC instituted investigations into their alleged misuse of CDF.
President Sata said he could not work with the duo when they were being investigated for corrupt practices.
Mr Chitotela is Pambashe MP while Mr Mwewa is Mwansabombwe lawmaker.
President Sata also fired permanent secretary for administration at Cabinet Office Ann Mwewa for alleged corruption.

Zambia Daily Mail