Nevers Mumba, Rupiah Banda, Dora Siliya and Andrew Banda in Court

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FORMER President Rupiah Banda, his son Andrew, MMD President Nevers Mumba and former Petauke Central member of Parliament Dora Siliya yesterday appeared for mention in the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court for different corruption offences.
For Banda, this is in a matter in which he is charged with one count of abuse of authority of office contrary to the law.
When the matters came up for the four accused person before principal resident magistrate Aridah Chulu, trial could not continue because the trial magistrate was not available.
Mrs Chulu told the accused persons that they should go to court on October 25 as that is when the trial court will be available.
Banda is charged with one count of abuse of authority of office.
The former President is alleged to have procured a US$2.5 million government-to-government oil contract with Nigeria in the name of the Republic of Zambia “which he infact meant to benefit himself and his family.”
Mumba is charged with failure to comply with applicable procedure relating to management of public funds involving CAD$122,229.85 donation he allegedly received from a private Canadian company and three counts of abuse of authority of office contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Siliya, who is former transport and communications minister, is in court for two counts of abuse of authority of office.
She is alleged in the first count to have directed the cancellation of a duly awarded tender for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of the Zambia Air Traffic Management Surveillance Radar System to Thales Air System SA.
In the second count, Siliya is alleged to have accepted a free offer from Selex Sistemi Integrati S.P.A for the repair of a radar head at the then Lusaka International Airport without following procedure.
Andrew, who is former deputy high commissioner to India, is charged with solicitation of 2 percent payment on all monies paid to Fratelli Locci SRI by the Road Development Agency in relation to awarded works.
It is alleged that Andrew solicited and partially received gratification for giving assistance with regard to contracts contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
The four accused persons have been appearing before magistrate Joshua Banda.

 

By CAROLINE KALOMBE | Daily Mail

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