The Drug Enforcement Commission(DEC) has recorded a warn and caution statement from former Finance Minister, Ngandu Magande, over the operations of the closed Zambian Airways.
Mr. Magande told ZNBC news that the warn and caution statement was recorded in a free atmosphere in the presence of his lawyer, Remy Mainza.
He said DEC officers asked him what he knew about the defunct airline.
“I appeared at DEC offices today and left around 13:00 hours, if you need any details please get in touch with DEC officials, I was merely speaking on behalf of other people,” he said.
The former minister said he will continue to make himself available because he has nothing to hide.
Mr. Magande also said he does not feel victimised by the DEC’s action.
Recently law enforcement agencies investigating the airline saga recorded warn and caution statements from its Directors – the two Nchito brothers and Post Newspapers Editor, Fred Mmembe.
The probe is looking into among other things the alleged failure by Zambian Airways to remit passenger service charges to the National Airports Corporation.
The Director of Public Prosecutions directed investigative wings probing the operations of the defunct Zambian Airways to extend their investigative sphere to other countries to avoid piecemeal conclusions.
Sources said the investigating team was pursuing the criminal charge of theft by agent against the airline’s directors in contravention of Section 272 and 280 of the Penal Code, Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
The team was also investigating how the Zambian Airways in 2007 secured a US$5.5 million loan through a consortium of financial lending institutions, which consisted of Investrust Bank, Intermarket Banking Corporation and the Development Bank of Zambia.
The investigations are being carried out by the police, the Anti Corruption Commission and the Drug Enforcement Commission.