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ACC arrests DBZ Managing Director for using Public Funds to pay for his Children School Fees

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested the Development Bank of Zambia (DBZ) Managing Director Samuel Bwalya for Abuse of Authority of Office involving about K 781, 195 contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe disclosed that Mr Bwalya on multiple occasions but between May 1, 2020 and July 30, 2021 abused the authority of his office in the manner he arbitrarily directed the payments of school fees for his children using public funds belonging to DBZ.

This is according to a statement issued ZANIS in Lusaka by ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe.

Mrs Chibwe noted that Mr Bwalya, using public funds, made 12 separate payments of £ 15, 980 pounds equivalent to about K 417, 900, R 106, 324 Rands, equivalent to K 132, 435, and R 90, 205, equivalent to about K130, 709.

She added that other payments were R35, 160, equivalent to K 39, 028, while over K61,121 was paid to different schools in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Zambia.

Mrs Chibwe explained that this was an act prejudicial to the rights and interests of the government, a matter or transaction that involved the said public body.

“Samuel Bwalya, 51, of House No. 28, Sugar Street in New Avondale, Lusaka, has been charged with 12 Counts of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 21 (1) (a) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012,” Mrs Chibwe pointed out.

The ACC Spokesperson said that the accused has been released on bond and is expected to appear in Court soon.

In a different matter, ACC has arrested Chirundu District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Veronica Mubanga, and two other officials for theft and forgery contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Mrs Chibwe revealed that Ms. Mubanga 53, of Chirundu High Cost, has been charged with one count of Theft by Public Servant contrary to Section 277 as read together with Section 265 of the Penal Code, Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Ms. Mubanga has been arrested together with Chirundu District Guidance and Counseling Coordinator (DGCC) Obert Sibajene, aged 50, of Chirundu Secondary School Teachers Compound, House No. 8 and Chirundu District Resource Centre Coordinator (DRCC) Njekwa Njekwa, aged 41 of Mazongolo Compound.

Mrs Chibwe explained that Mr Sibajene was charged with one count of Forgery while Mr Njekwa, has been charged with two counts of Forgery, actions contrary to Section 342 as read with Section 347 of the Penal Code, Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

She added that Mr Sibajene and Mr Njekwa on separate occasions, forged an Accounts Form 44A purporting to be a retirement form for a certain Eddie Zaza when in fact not.

The trio have since been released on bond and will appear in court soon.

30 COMMENTS

  1. Tulibanono. Those of us who wont take advantage of our jobs for our families. Just look around us. The world is full of thieves putting their hands in public finances.

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  2. *****s like these need to be shot dead! Imagine how poor the country is but this Kasai fool loots state coffers to fund his Kasai babies education overseas.

  3. It depends what his conditions of service were and what is in his employment contract. If payment of school fees is not there then he should be sent to prison as a deterrent. Don’t even accept to get refunds and then let him off scot free.

  4. These cases are not politically connected so why didn’t the ACC investigate? Simple. There are officers there who have been abusing their office for similar things like this DBZ chap. How can a mere prosecutor manage to send his children overseas for studies.

  5. I have confidence in the current government keep it up. People should not just wake up and misuse public money like it is on their farms. Some people have no shame at all. Cage them if found guilty.

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  6. This is just the tip of the iceberg…imagine such lawlessness. Can imagine the loans this man signed off to his buddies if he can do such things with impunity

  7. Only a couple of thousand corrupt PF officials remaining to be arrested. ACC, you can start with Edgar China Lungu

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  8. THIS WAS RAMPANT THROUGH OUT THE PF ADMISTRATION
    AS THEY ALLOWED A FREE FOR ALL
    LIKE COVID WE NEED TO GET RID OF THE PF VIRUS AS WELL

  9. The ACC cannot be drawing any pride from all these arrests at this juncture. It is disgraceful that, this diligence is only coming to the fore, now – yet, salaries paid for by tax payers, were being drawn, all along during the ACC’s slumber time! One wonders why they were being paid ‘to sit’ on crimes? Why didn’t they act timely? You cannot blame the PF government for your own eneptness! You were charged with a job – which was a duty to the people of Zambia – but you chose to look the other way! In my view, this is a worse crime than one perpetrated by the ‘supposed’ criminals.

    #plant a tree now please!

    • Not yet Kaizar I read your post here about HH being about to appoint a T A and decided to send my CV. In my 40 years on earth minus my Under Five I calculated that I d been to the toilet 25,550 times so I stand a good chance of being an expert. Id like you to be my referee and You can help me with the job description since you spent a long time at State House so you know the state of the toilets. Thanks a lot Kaizar

  10. Zennia – There was no political will to fight corruption under Lazy Lungu and the executive wing of the govt was corrupt to the core …surely what can an appointee Director at the ACC do? Not even a large male lion can take on a pack of hungry hyenas…they will tire him then shred him to pieces!!

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  11. No this Man`s Job package included paying his Children school fees. So how did he steal? This is now witch hunting on its best !!!

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  12. A can of worms has been opened. And I speak this as a Zambian who individually has nothing to lose. Lets let president Hakainde Hichilema also tell us about the panama account and how he became Zambia’s richest person better than Enock Kavindele and others. Instead of just trying to focus the blame on PF, lets arrest everyone including the minister of information Chushi Kasanda. Most importantly, let our president tell us how he amassed so much wealth that even petty criminals Kambwili, Musokotwane and others could not. Arrest everyone in the UNIP, MMD, PF and now UPND who has stolen. For me personally, I just want to know how HH acquired his wealth as a Zambian because it’s my constitutional right to ask in a democratic dispension.

  13. I wonder how this guy was hired as DBZ boss in the fist place after being fired at UNDP Nigeria office for being a serial thief.

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  14. When will you arrest Jean Kapata who got her boss to degazette forest 27 only to allocate herself a big chunk as sitting minister without even an open invitation for other Zambians to bid. Isn’t that abuse of office?

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  15. The nation needs closure on the 42 fire trucks that cost $42 million, when the cost should have been £17 million ………..

    That’s when big fish will be netted……….

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  16. His Financial Officer should be arrested as well because they would have stopped him. Also, as an MD he doesn’t have School Fees covered under his allowances? Vey strange case.

  17. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    There’s huge amounts of money and looting that require ACC to act. Although no crime is small and I totally support the fact this man has been arrested so he can explain, I still feel we should be seeing arrests involving large sums of corruption.

  18. flag Jigga Kayama Simangulungwa (formerly Corruption scandals: 48 Houses Social Security Cash Luxury Presidential Jet Ambulances Fire Trucks Mukula Trees Ndola-Lusaka Rd Malawi Maizegate Fuelgate Swaziland landgate Zesco Loans Honeybee)

    For the syc0phants mini0ns trying to find an exuse for this dishonest man by saying his conditions may involve paying for school fees from public resources, are you for real? What kind of conditions are those and where in the world would this type of n0nsense and abuse would exist? Surely you don’t do that even of you were running your own business.

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