Zambia: Muteteka Nabbed

FORMER Local Government and Housing Deputy Minister in the troubled opposition MMD, Moses Muteteka has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for theft, abuse of authority and corrupt practices.

Mr Muteteka, who is Chisamba Member of Parliament (MP), was picked up yesterday and had since been slapped with eight counts of abuse of authority of office and one count of theft contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said in a statement released in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Muteteka denied all the nine counts slapped on him and would appear in court soon.

The MP allegedly abused his authority of office by giving six hammer mills to his relatives who included sisters, grandfather, nephew, sisters-in-law and sympathisers, an act which was arbitrary and prejudicial to the interest of the Zambian Government.

Mr Muteteka is further accused of abusing or corruptly directing Chibombo District Council to purchase six hammer mills from SARO Agro Industrial Limited, the highest bidder, without following the laid down tender procedures.

He is alleged to have stolen one hammer mill bearing engine number D2. 1006.07 1100037 Mill number 8146, the property of Chibombo district Council.

He abused his authority of office by procuring 26 bicycles, two solar panels, one solar inserter, one solar regulator and one solar battery from SARO Agro industrial limited using Constituency Development Funds (CDF).

"Mr Muteteka was arrested today (yesterday) and has been charged with eight counts of abuse of authority of office and one count of theft and will appear in court soon," Mr Moono said.

Particulars in count one were that Mr Muteteka between January 1, 2011 and December 1, the same year, being a person employed in the public service as MP and deputy minister acting with others, did abuse his office by giving a hammer mill he obtained from Gender in Development Division meant for his constituency to his sister Rosemary Mulongwe, an act prejudicial to the interest of government.

In count two with same details but between January 1, 2010 and December 1, 2010, he is accused of giving a hammer mill meant for his constituency to his sister Elidah Mulongwe and in the third count he gave one to his grandfather Daniel Lyatumba of Mwapwa Village in Kapiri Mposhi between January 1, 2011 and December 1, 2011.

In count four, Mr Muteteka abused his authority when he gave a hammer mill to his nephew Isaac Paso of Kangalangala village in Kanakantapa area belonging to Chibombo district council.

In count five with the same details and on the same dates, he did abuse his authority and gave a hammer mill to Terry Milambo of Chitanta village in Chikonkomene area belonging to Chibombo district Council while in count six he gave a hammer mill to his sister-in-law, Fallace Chito of Kang'ombe of Keembe constituency in Central Province.

In count seven, he did abuse the authority of his office by procuring 26 bicycles, two solar panels, one solar inserter, one solar regulator and one battery from SARO Agro industrial limited without following the CDF guidelines, an act which was arbitrary and prejudicial to the Zambian Government.

Mr Muteteka in count eight did abuse his authority of office by directing the Chibombo district council to purchase six hammer mills from SARO Agro industrial limited, the highest bidder, without following the laid down tender procedures, an act which was arbitrary and prejudicial to the Zambian government.

In count nine, he is accused of stealing one hammer mill bearing engine number d2.1006.07 1100037 and mill number 8146, the property of Chibombo district council.

Mr Muteteka is already appearing before senior principal magistrate Aridah Chuulu for theft of a motor vehicle.

And ACC has also arrested a driver at First Quantum Minerals Greenwell Wilson Kamonga, 51, for corrupt transactions by soliciting KR1,000 from a named job seeker of Solwezi and received KR750 contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

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