The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested suspended Commissioner of Lands, Frighton Sichone.
According to a Press Statement released to Zambia News and Information Services –
ZANIS – by the ACC Public Relations Manager, Timothy Moono, the Joint Investigations
Team on the Ministry of Lands Inquiry has arrested Mr Sichone for Abuse of Authority
Mr Sichone was arrested today, May 31, 2007 and charged with four counts of Abuse of
Authority of Office, contrary to section 37 (2) of the Anti-Corruption Commission
Act Number 42 of 1996.
Details of the first count are that on April 6 this year at Lusaka, Sichone did abuse the authority of his office by allocating property number LUS/35210, Mass Media on title number 49502 to Mizumbi farms limited, a company in which he is a co-director and majority shareholder without following procedure, thereby obtaining advantage.
On the second count, Sichone did abuse the authority of his office on April 21, 2006
at Lusaka by allocating property number LUS/35211, Mass Media on title number 50036 to Mizumbi Farms limited, a company in which he is co-director and majority
shareholder without following procedure, thereby obtaing advantage.
Particulars of the third count are that on January 20, 2006 at Lusaka, Sichone did
abuse authority of his office by allocating himself property number LUS/35178 Mass
Media on title number 57822 without following procedure.
Sichone has been released on police bond and will appear in court on June 1, this year.
Meanwhile, investigations into other cases involving Sichne and other officials at the Ministry of Lands have reached an advanced stage and some more arrests may be
The commission has so far restricted one hundred and fourteen (114) properties and
the process of ascertaining their value and how they were acquired is still continuing.
The Commission has also urged members of the public with information on the
malpractices at the Ministry of Lands to report to the ACC to help the team conclude
the investigations promptly.