Prof. Clive Chirwa has been arrested for alleged corruption

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FORMER Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) chief executive officer Clive Chirwa has been arrested for alleged corruption involving K280,000.
He was arrested on Monday this week by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on two counts of corrupt practices.
Chirwa yesterday appeared in a Kabwe magistrate’s court where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was retired in national interest in June this year after being suspended from his post earlier in April.
Chirwa, 59, has been charged with failure to declare interest when recommending that Clavel Incorporated Limited, a company in which he was a shareholder, be awarded a contract to train ZRL employees.
In the second count, Chirwa along with ZRL finance director Regina Mwale, 50, are charged for abuse of authority of office, in the manner they allegedly authorised a total payment of K289,128.84 to Fallsway Apartments for accommodation.
This was for the benefit of Chirwa and it was done allegedly without following laid down procedure.
ACC corporate affairs officer, Christopher Chibanku announced the arrest in Lusaka yesterday.
“Prof Chirwa between 1st November, 2012 and 31st December, 2012 as CEO of Zambia Railways Limited recommended at the 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.
“In the second charge, details are that between 1st November, 2012 and 30th April, 2013 Prof Chirwa and Mwale abused the authority of their office by authorising a total payment of K289,128.84 to Fallsway Apartments of Lusaka for accommodation for the benefit of Prof Chirwa without following laid down procedures,” Mr Chibanku said.
Chirwa and his co-accused appeared before Kabwe Principal Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi yesterday where they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate has since set October 22 and 23, this year as trial dates. The two were released on police bond.
Chirwa is being represented by Yosa Yosa from Simeza Sangwa Associates, while Collins Chizao from Mulilo Kabesha and Company is representing Mwale.
In a similar development, the ACC has arrested two officers from Choma Municipal Council for abuse of authority of office and uttering a false document involving K91,000.00.
The two officers Killian Chibbunu, 49, a chief community development officer and Gabriel Malata, 47, a draftsman were alleged to have acquired eight pieces of land without following laid down procedures, which land they sold to unsuspecting members of the public.
The two were subsequently facing eight counts of abuse of authority of office each.
They were expected to appear for mention in the Choma magistrate court yesterday but would appear in a court in Livingstone on September 26, this year.
Chibbunu of Plot Number 3628, Hospital Road in Choma and Malata of Plot 3752 in Humba area in Choma appeared before Magistrate Mukela Mbololwa.
Ms Mbolowa however, told the duo that they could not take plea in the Choma Magistrate but that the case had been allocated before Magistrate Zulu in Livingstone.

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