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.