Suspended Zambia Railways Managing Director Clive Chirwa has been retired in national interest.
Government has since decided to pay Prof Chirwa his full benefits as outlined in his five year contract.
And investigations by the ACC and the Auditor General in Prof Chirwa’s conduct at the railway firm which have since been called off did not find him wanting.
The Mark Chona led board was however found wanting after the investigations was concluded.
Highly placed sources at the Ministry of Transport, Communications, Works and Supply revealed that the decision to retire Prof Chirwa was arrived at two weeks ago.
The sources said Transport Permanent Secretary Muyenga Atanga who has been acting in the absence of Professor Chirwa has now been appointed Zambia Railways Managing Director.
“The Professor has since been communicated to and he has accepted the decision since they will pay him in full. He is walk smiling to the bank,” the source said.
When reached for a comment over the weekend, Professor Chirwa refused to comment on the matter.
“No comment sir, no comment,” he said.
The source added that Dr Atanga has been informed about the appointment and he is excited.
“It appears this was a well calculated move to hound out Professor Chirwa by some people within the system. The investigations found that he was clean but some powers within the system still did not want him to return to ZRL,” the source said.
In November 2012, President Sata appointed Professor Chirwa as Zambia Railways Managing Director after cancelling a concession agreement with the Railways Systems of Zambia.