Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP
Chief Government Spokesperson, Hon. Dora Siliya, MP

Chief Government Spokesperson Dora Siliya has said that the arrest of Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Ronald Chitotela by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) should inspire confidence in the country’s law enforcement agencies and investigative wings

Ms. Siliya said that the move demonstrated that the Country’s investigative wings were performing according to their mandate and that they will continue to do so.

Speaking when she answered questions from journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka, Ms. Siliya said the action also spoke to President Edgar Lungu’s stance on the fight against corruption.

And the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC) said that it was confident that the corruption allegations against Mr. Chitotela will be dealt with without any interference.

APNAC Zambia Chapter Chairperson Cornelius Mweetwa said he was confident that the Anti-Corruption Commission will handle Mr. Chitotela’s case professionally.

Mr. Mweetwa told ZNBC News that other people holding public offices should learn from the alleged corruption case against Mr. Chitolela, before adding that Mr. Chitotela remains innocent until proven guilty of the offense.

This week, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested Infrastructure and Housing Minister Developing Ronald Chitotela and charged with two counts of concealing property suspected of being proceeds of crime, contrary to Section 71 subsection one of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act Number 19 of 2010.

Details in the first count are that on unknown dates but between the July, 2016 and October 2018 in Lusaka District, Mr Chitotela did conceal a property namely plot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Makeni, Lusaka. The property was disguised in the names of Diris Mukange property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

In the second count on dates unknown but between the July, 2016 and October 2018, the Minister did conceal a property namely the remaining extent of Subdivision A of lot 22183/M situated in Ibex Hill Lusaka. The property was also disguised in the name of Diris Mukange property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Chitotela should bring up names of people who corrupt in the government so they can go to together kuchimbokaila.

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    • Nothing Chitotela did without Lungu s blessing.

      It’s just the young man hid some money and failed to pay protection money on full.

      After he pays protection money the case will disappear.

      Fire tender , Maize gate , RDA Ministry of land , Euro bond embezzlement, Social cash transfer are some of the cases to be dealt with if an credibility of ACC and PF ability to fight corruption is be given.

      Lungu and his whole PF are corrupt to ghe core.

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    • Dora cannot rush to give empty statement before we see Chitotela convicted together with many more thieves masquarading as honourables in our offices. Dora cannot think summoning Chitotela by ACC is a sign of fighting corruption. Most senior PF officials are thieves and corrupt so please do not use Chitotela as a sacrificial lamb to cover up stink corruption in PF government which was commissioned by the president himself when he publicly invited small and big thieves to steal with impunity “Uubomba Mwibala alaya mwibala, (Lungu, 2018.)

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    • This i just a smoke screen. Dora, you should be investigated too. Starting from your MMD’s days.

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    • It will take more than one little arrest to inspire confidence in Zambia’s law enforcement agencies. This will include the arrest of Dora Siliya and Rupiah Banda over their corruption charges that were standing when Sata ruled

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    • Agreed. He will not be prosecuted while Lungu is still in power.

      What we are now seeing is Lungu being very paranoid. He does not know who to trust.

      More drama will unfold as these thieves in government self destruct.

      Sometimes people think they have gotten away with wrong doings, but guess what, God’s time is always right.

      Let Zambia be cleansed.

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    • – 3 MPs seats were deleted by courts, but viruses still disturbing universities. Another yapping on IMF.
      – one criminal fight football officials and female police, It still continues with even more acts at state house.
      – another one smashed minister’s vehicle at night. Where is he? Law enforcement is still investigating??
      Confidence in what??

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    • ba Dora olo mwakwata ifyakulanda what other duties do you perform apart from getting paid free money you are also corrupt

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  2. This is just a tip if the ice beg, the rot is deep rooted and a lot of names will come out. Chitotela has vowed not go alone but expose all those that have amassed wealth in a short period of time. Dora remember the maize gate scandal, don’t think that we have forgotten, you will also pay for what you have done. The toll gates have been erected at exorbitant cost, the fire truck scandal must be revisited as well.

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    • And that money she gave her son when MMD lost and she could see the police coming for her

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  3. You’re wrong Honourable Siliya, it’s only a successful conviction (5 years in jail and no pardon) from this arrest that will and shall inspire true confidence, it will mean even those ones who say they are untouchable are touchable, whistle blowers will come forward and ACC would become busy for the first time. As much as there is an arrest whose investigations started way back, it’s doesn’t prove a thing, it will be worse if Chitotela calls for a press conference and announces he’s decided to step down, for the this part it will mean he has a moral backbone of some sort (he would do this if he is intelligent since it would become handy in his defence), for the second part it will mean ECL is rubber stamping it – which is stuff we are used to besides no firing.

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  4. This is a side show to try and diverge Zambians attention from Esther Lungu’s wasteful spending in USA .This will not go nowhere as Chitotela will be acquitted by the compromised and selective Justice system .

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  5. Dora has been quiet of let. I think chitotela has angered the gods of PF he never shared the monies to his colleagues hence the probe from ACC.

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  6. Now ck says is ready to work ecl after the arrest.

    What will upendi say. Will they start calling him names after all the praises .

    Let’s learn to uphold principles.

    Whats is wrong is wrong doesn’t matter

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  7. To inspire even more confidence let Zambia’s law enforcement agencies also investigate how Edgar Lungu got the eSwatini mansion.If Donald Trump can be investigated why can’t Lungu?

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  8. Big fish only make headlines. How many
    Rich politicians have been convicted?
    This will die slowly or Nolle .or lack of evidence

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  9. All of you have got deals, it is a matter of catching you. So do not point hands at Ronald alone, it is a whole cartel and Siliya, you are involved.

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  10. DORA ZONDWA SILIYA,YOU WERE ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPT ELEMENT IN MMD.WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN HOW YOU SOLD ZAMTEL WITH RUPIAH BANDA’S CHILDREN.
    SHAME ON YOU.

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  11. Dora Siliya herself is not clean either. Remember the valuation of Zamtel assets by RP capiral the time she was MMD minister of communication & Transport ? She was also involved in the radars scandal at KK International airport and was even found guilty by a tribunal which.had been constituted to probe her. And now she sits in front if cameras talking about corruption? OMG! Had Hon Wynter Kabimba still been SG, Dora was not going to hold even r mere DC position.

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  12. Zambians are thieves by blood. The comments here attest to this. When one is arrested most bloggers will bring all sorts of justifications -the stealing blood in us. Let ECL be arrested one day, there will be people who will say bamusiye chabe. They said that about Chiluba. They will say so about anyone.

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  13. An excellent move by the ACC. Critics will always be there to condemn something that is even beneficial to them. A born critic will even condemn his mother for having given birth to him. The best thing is to ignore such characters and to continue working postively for the betterment of all Zambians.

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  14. what about malawi maize sale No arrest? or sorry I have forgotten that only Bemba’s are corrupt.

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  15. WHAT MATTERS IS WHAT WILL OCCUR IN COURT. IS THERE EVIDENCE THAT THESE PROPERTIES WERE PROCEEDS OF CRIME? WITH A CLEVER LAWYER I CAN SEE CHITOTELE WALKING TO FREEDOM. THERE MAY BE NO EVIDENCE AND ALL THIS SHALL END UP JUST BLAH..BLAH.. BLAH…. WHAT DOES THE TERM CONCEAL MEAN? IS IT AGAINST THE LAW TO REGISTER MY PROPERTY IN MY CHILDS NAME?……IF THE PURPOSE IS TO CONCEAL, YES. BUY WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE THAT THE PURPOSE WAS TO CONCEAL? SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE A LOT OF JEALOUSY FOR ANYONE WHO APPEARS TO LOOK RICH. “HE MUST BE CORRUPT” THEY SAY WITH DEEP VOICES.

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  16. @Chinsenga, you know that all ministers in cabinet must declare their personal wealth in full. To conceal it by listing it in some other person’s name is therefore a failure to declare honestly(maybe she wasn’t living there or also failed to declare it…).! It’s also correct we have not been given full details as the matter is under investigation, so we can only jump to conclusions (some opinion being wrong).

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  17. One swallow does not make a summer! The PF administration swirls in corruption that one man taken in on menial charges when more and bigger charges ought to be proffered is a bad joke and futile attempt to hoodwink the public – which can’t be fooled! Too many crooks who should be investigated and brought to book in fight, including the many who could not justify the movement of large amounts of money in their accounts as reported in the FIC report. Every dog has his day!!

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  18. Everything has got its own time & time it self will tell which is bad or good.Let us leave everything to ACC will see the out comes.

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  19. What a pack of corrupt inept and thieving hounds who have become so tactless that they believe we are taken in by cheap acts that would not even convince an embicile! She is the Queen Mother of the corruption cult.

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  20. We have always had confidence in our investigative wings, what has failed us is interference from you politicians and some men of God. They always do their work professionally unless there’s interference from above. Hichilema and UPND have also managed to pollute our men and women in uniform. Some of them have become partisan, their allegiance is to Hichilema. When Edgar fires them they cry victimization. So the arrest of Chitotela can’t be used as a yardstick, they can do even more, just let them loose you will see. Even those cadres causing violence can be sorted out in no time. So when these institutions under perform, it’s a reflection of you their bosses. One man of God suspected to be carrying contraband refused to be searched with insults

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