Government Joint Investigations Team has today charged and arrested LT Gen Ronnie Shikapwasha former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services and Chanda Chimba III a journalist.
LT General Ronnie Shikapwasha has been arrested on 2 counts of Abuse of Authority of Office Contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the laws of Zambia. While Chanda Chimba III has been arrested for 2 counts Unlawful printing and publication Contrary to Section 5 (1)(2) of chapter161 of the Laws of Zambia, and Possession of Property suspected of being proceeds of a crime Contrary to Section 71 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No 19 of 2010.
Particulars of the offence are that Rev.LT.General Ronnie Shikapwasha being a person employed in the public service as Minster in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services arbitrarily and in disregard of defamation laws and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) editorial policy did direct
Board and management to air the ‘Stand up for Zambia’ documentaries an act prejudicial to the rights and interest of Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation a public body.
On the 2nd count Rev.LT.General Ronnie Shikapwasha arbitrarily and in disregard to Professional Legal Advice not to broadcast “Stand up for Zambia” committed the Government to pay all liabilities and legal fees emanating from the broadcast of the said program an act prejudicial to the rights and interest of ZNBC and the Government of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence are that Chanda Chimba III Unlawfully did cause to be printed or published newspapers called” Stand up for Zambia” and “News of our times” Which were not registered at the office of the Director National Archives of Zambia. He was found in possession or control of an accumulated total of K611, 440,433.12 money he paid for private media and printing services to Zambia National Broadcasting Services Corporation, Muvi Television and the Daily Mail limited respectively, which is reasonably suspected to be proceeds of a crime.
Also arrested and charged are Mr. Davis Mataka former Deputy Managing Director of Zambia Daily Mail and Mr. Ngande Mwanajiti the Consultant.
They have been jointly charged for Corrupt acquisition of Public Property and Revenue Contrary to Section 33(1)(b)(2)(b)(3) of the Anti-corruption Act No 38 of 2010 of the laws of Zambia, and unlawful Printing and Publication contrary to Section 5(1)(2) of Chapter 161 of the Laws of Zambia
Particulars of the offence being that the Zambian Newspaper Limited, Mr.Davis Mataka alias “John Allan Mugwida” and Ngande Mwanajiti alias “George Banda” Jointly whilst acting together did fraudulently and unlawfully divert K195, 000,000.00 Public Media Support Fund from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting services for the unlawfull Production and Printing of a private Newspaper called “The Zambian” Without it being registered with the Director at National Archives Department.
They will all be released on bond with two working sureties and will appear in Court Soon.