Mwansabombwe MP and wife arrested

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The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament M.P Rodgers Mwewa and his wife Anne Mwitwa for Abuse of Authority of Office.

Mwewa, 43, and Mwitwa, 35, both of House No. 4061 Musengele Road Sunningdale were arrested.

Mr. Mwewa has been charged with One Count of Abuse of Authority of Office, while Mwitwa has been charged with Seven Counts of Abuse of Authority of Office.

Details in the first count are that Mwewa, on diverse dates but between 14th April 2012 and 31st August 2013 in Kawambwa being a Public Officer jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of his office as Member of Parliament.

This is when he imposed the purchase of a Toyota Hiace
which was converted into an ambulance, using Constituency Development funds.

In Count 2 the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown
persons, abused the authority of her office.

This is when she awarded a contract worth 1-hundred and 42 thousand kwacha to Hostels Board of Management without following laid down procurement procedures.

Rodgers Mwewa and Anna Mwitwa Mwewa have both been released on bond and will appear in Court on May 18th, this year and March 25th, this year.

This is according to a statement sent to ZNBC News by ACC Public Relations Officer Timothy Moono.

ACC ARRESTS RODGERS MWEWA AND ANNA MWITWA FOR ABUSE OF AUTHORITY

The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament (MP) Rodgers Mwewa and his wife Anne Mwitwa for Abuse of Authority of Office.

Mwewa, 43, and Mwitwa, 35, both of House No. 4061 Musengele Road Sunningdale were arrested today and Mwewa has been charged with One (1) Count of Abuse of Authority of Office, while Mwitwa has been charged with Seven (7) Counts of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 21(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 of the Laws of Zambia.

Details in the first count are that Mwewa, on diverse dates but between 14th April 2012 and 31st August 2013 in Kawambwa, Luapula Province, being a Public Officer, namely Member of Parliament for Mwansabombwe Constituency and/or Councillor by virtue of being a member of the Constituency Development Committee for the aforesaid Constituency, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of his office as Member of Parliament when he imposed the purchase of a Toyota Hiace Van chassis No. RZH125-4005395, 2000 Model which was converted into an ambulance, using Constituency Development funds and subsequently influenced the decision of the Tender Committee of the Kawambwa District Council to award the contract for the said minibus to
his brother Thomson Mwewa at the cost of K 220, 000 an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the Government and the people of Mwansabombwe.

Meanwhile, Ms Anna Mwitwa is charged as follows:

In Count (1) the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 888, 374 to Rolly’s Catering Services without following the laid down procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government or any other person.

In Count 2 the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 142, 000 to Hostels Board of Management without following laid down procurement procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government or any other person.

In Count 3 the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 500, 000 to Nobutula Lodge without following the laid down procurement procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government or any other person.

In the 4th Count, the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 179, 984. 70 to Sherbourne Farms Limited without following the laid down procurement procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests
of the government or any other person.

In Count 5, the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 225, 000 to Rosewood Place without following the laid down procurement procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government or any other person.

In Count 6 the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 300, 000 to Vogue Afrique without following the laid down procurement procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government or any other person.

In Count 7 the details are that Mwitwa, on diverse dates but between 1st October 2013 and 31st December 2013, in Kitwe, being Public Officer, namely Permanent Secretary-Administration at Cabinet Office, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of her office when she awarded a contract worth K 290, 000 to Hotel Edingburgh without following the laid down procurement procedures and/or guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the government or any other person.

Rodgers Mwewa and Anna Mwitwa Mwewa have both been released on bond and will appear in Court on 18th May 2015, and 25th March 2015 respectively.

Timothy Moono
PUBLIC RELATIONS MANAGER

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