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Health Minister Dr. Chitalu Chilufya pleads NOT Guilty to four counts of corruption

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Health Minister Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya has pleaded not guilty to four counts of possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime involving US$252,000 and K3,270,000 which he allegedly used to purchase shares and properties in Zambia and Dubai.

Dr. Chilufya appeared before Lusaka Chief Resident Magistrate, Lameck Mwale this morning where he is charged with four counts of possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime was called.

In count one, it is alleged that Dr Chilufya on a date unknown but between December 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 at Lusaka, possessed US$200,000 which was used to purchase 6,000 shares in Samfya Marines and Tourism Service Limited from Den Daas Investment Zambia Limited, property suspected yo be proceeds of crime.

Count two alleges that Dr Chilufya on a date unknown but between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 at Lusaka possessed K270,000 cash which was used to purchase 2,000 shares in Samfya Marines and and Tourism Services Limited from Leo Jonas Ngosa Investment Limited, property suspected of being proceeds of crime.

It is alleged in count three that Dr Chilufya on an unknown date but between January 1, 2018 and December 30, 2019 possessed K3,000,000 which was used to purchase Lot No. 365/366 also known as Spark Guest House situate in the Mansa district of Luapula Property, property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

In the fourth and last count, allegations are that Dr Chilufya on a date unknown but between January 1, 2017 and December 32, 2017 at Lusaka possessed US$52,000 which was used to purchase a passenger boat also known as Transport 32 from Smart Own FZE of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

After Dr Chilufya pleaded not guilty, magistrate Mwale further told the minister to tell his sympathisers to stay home because of COVID-19. Commencement of trial has been set for August 4, 2020.

Earlier Dr Chilufya’s sympathisers, among them Luapula Province minister Nickson Chilangwa, his Muchinga Province counterpart Malozo Sichone and Lusaka Province PF secretary Kennedy Kamba today were forced to leave court after Chief resident magistrate Lameck Mwale ejected those who had no business at court.

Before he could begin to deliberate on the case, magistrate Mwale wondered what was happening because of the courtroom was packed with sympathisers for the minister, saying the Chief Justice and Ministry of Health have guided on who is allowed to be in court in view of the COVID-19 guidelines.

He then ordered those who were not supposed to be in the courtroom to leave before he starts pointing at them to go out.

It was at this point that a few of the sympathisers, among them Mr Sichone, Mr Chilangwa and Mr Kamba left the courtroom.

The 48-year-old Dr Chilufya was accompanied by his wife Mutinta.

24 COMMENTS

  1. Innocent until proven guilty. We have confidence in the courts of our country and as a party we believe in the rule of law, that is why even top officials in government are being charged with cases. However, they remain allegations until a final outcome. Amen

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  2. Fact check 1.
    1. Chilufya is about 58 years old, not 48. He is not a footballer.
    2. Chilufya paid $52000 for a marine boat better than the $70000 canoe PF bought for Chilubi cadres last month.

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  3. Let Scotland yard investigate this thief.

    The true amounts this man has probably stolen is in the hundreds of millions USD.

    I mean the Euro bond money has STILL not been accounted for.

    Double jeopardy will not apply to you thief, fake coroner patient.

    Bally will indeed fix you.

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  4. Thieves never plead guilty until found guilty. With enormous evidence, these are PF corrupt ministers.

    Ontop of that he is still health Minister and to them its normal and pray that the cases go nowhere even though tge evidence is plenty.

    PF must go!

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  5. No wonder Chitalu harbours presidential ambitions from stolen money as a thief. Your new title will never leave you, even your relative died as president but a thief.

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  6. WELL DONE, WELL DONE, WELL DONE ZAMBIA POLICE!
    Today a new dawn is upon us as we’ve seen 2 Thug unruly P.F Cadres “Panel beated” @ the Courts where they tried to continue last week’s unruly behaviour & disrupt Court proceedings again.
    It’s alleged these s3wer R@ts actually came to Court in Zesco vehicles & were flashing traffic blue emergency lighting reserved for cops. These rats are the unqualified pond weed that J0n@ has put@ ZESCO to draw salaries for doing nothing but be violent, trounce on innocent citizens rights & shout Ch@kolwa nafuchi nafuchi.
    LELO KWACHA!!
    Lastly PFMUSTGO!

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  7. I actually loved the way the P.F (Gundwane’ -Kh0swe’) cried “Mayo nafwa” as he was being reconstructed in the back of the Police van. The Police do actually know where to hit, -the (lateral collateral tendons) outside the knee, as that will trouble the P.F t3rr0r!st for months if not years, & as a result he won’t be able to go out, behave funky & injure law abiding Zedians with impunity. Next is that piece of P.F raw Sew@ge “Jay Jay” who raided Central Police station.
    Lastly, P.F.WILLGOINAUGUST2021!

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  8. This is why the IMF didn’t want to give Zambia a loan or Covid assistance. Also why are there that many people at the court house during a pandemic? Kikikiki

  9. These cases are weak I mean yes Chilufya is living beyond his pay check but just merely stating that he used so and so amount of cash to do this is not good enough ..you mean the whole ACC couldn’t follow this money to its source with FIC data at its disposal? Not even one civil servant from MOH arrested with Chilufya. Chilufya will just pick one of these rich PF bus owners who deal with a lot of cash in hand and say he loaned me the monies in cash…case closed.

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  10. We all know what’s going on in these courts. There is no justice! The rich and the well connected walk away free despite being guilty.

    It is your time to enjoy.

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  11. Guilty! Why waste the court’s precious time? He is a Minister. His salary doesn’t allow him to have that much money or pocket money. Someone here Tarino Orange please tell us what is the salary of a Zedian Minister. Then we will ask how he earned those dollars when he relies only on his salary. Once again GUILTY as charged.

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  12. I cry for Zambia. If these people go through in the 2021 polls, then I will have no doubt but to believe that Zambia has been bewitched beyond redemption. Moneys are circulating among the few and look at how other people are suffering. Enough is enough ba PF mwachilamo.

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  13. He is still an effing i’diot wearing his mask like a prat! No wonder he got sick! The Minister of Health doesn’t imagine the virus can go in and out of his nostrils (that means nose holes, doc if you don’t understand). Ever stop to think you might infect others? What a dork.

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  14. If Bowman was concerned about covid 19 as he sputidly wants Zambians to believe ,Why didnt he go to the court yard and beat these PF thugs or should we just say his friends ?

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  15. But Luapulans have zero shame, how could they line up like this in support of a clearly stinking thief? These Zairians have destroyed our country with their thieving culture Chiluba engendered in Zambia. Just how and where really could such a stinking charade of thieves supporting another thief happen, in court?

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  16. Hedges and Benson – Remember how RB easily escaped the Mpundu Trust debacle by stating that his Nigerian friend’s bank had loaned him the $1million …remember Liato who you couldn’t arrest out right even when he had cash physically buried in his back yard. This is not a solid case..he will slip away and you will not chase him for anything more after 2021.

  17. Mercifully, this is scheduled to be heard soon.

    Dr Chilufya should know better than to be pictured in close proximity with others. The WHO and scientists advise that so ial distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet is distance shown to fraustrate Covid19 droplets and particles in the air. I note noses sticking out of the masks, what’s the point? You can emit droplets out of the nose if you breath out enough.

    As for the allegations, he is fully deserving a fair trial but the circus around him can stay at home unless they are called witnesses on the day.

  18. EVEN WITH A MASK……..

    The WHO and scientists advise that social distancing of 2 metres or 6 feet is distance shown to fraustrate Covid19 droplets and particles in the air. I note noses sticking out of the masks, what’s the point?

    WEAR MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCE PEOPLE!

  19. @TARINO you could be right. I had forgotten about how those thieves you have just mentioned escaped njema. But I hope the ACC has done its homework. Let’s see what they say when the case opens

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