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Corruption within ACC: Acting D.G accused of abuse of office, missing $8,000 exhibit money from ACC Strong Room, implicated in Savenda probe

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Anti Corruption Commission Acting Director General Silumesi Muchula has been accused of running down the institution after he was named to be at the centre of a litany of corruption scandals.

And information has emerged that Mr. Muchula owns several high end properties in Silverest area in Chongwe buy registered in other people’s names.

Impeccable sources within the Commission have appealed to President Hakainde Hichilema and soon to be ratified Director General Gilbert Phiri to save the integrity of the institution.

In a leaked letter, the sources whose identities have been withheld accused Mr. Muchula of unprofessional conduct, abuse of office and aiding and abetting crimes involving some ACC officers.

It is alleged that Mr. Muchula is frustrating investigations into the disappearance of $8,000 exhibit money from the ACC Strong Room in the Pandor case because it involves Webster Munsanje, a close friend to Mr. Muchula.

“There is a docket in which three officers at the ACC are involved in the theft of the $8,000 which was kept as an exhibit in the Pandor case. The money was collected from the Strong Room by Leah Mulenga under instruction from Mudumba, a close friend to Muchula. Leah says she gave money to Webster Munsanje, another close friend to Muchula. There is a docket at ACC which Muchula has sat on,” the sources said.

The sources also accused Mr. Muchula of failing to handle corruption investigations involving two ACC officers identified as Chris Siwakwi and William Chilufya who are facing corruption charges.

“There is a file of corrupt practices against the two officers which Muchula has sat on because the two are his favorites. Chris is being used in most of the investigations by Muchula when Muchula knows that Chris has a docket for corruption which is in Muchula’ office.

According to information gathered by sources, immediate past Director General Rosemary Khuzwayo had transferred the two officers (Chris and William) from the Investigations Unit instead of firing them instantly but that Mr. Muchula has reinstated the two officers.

“This is how reckless the Acting D.G is, he has sat on this case because the two officers are his boys. Is this not abuse of office?”

The sources have also accused Mr. Muchula of failing to handle a complaint against Speaker of the National Assembly Nellie Mutti in which she is accused of abusing her office by directing the Human Resources Department at National Assembly to include 15 names on the Pay Roll when there are no openings.

“There is a complaint against the Speaker which Mr. Muchula is failing to move forward. Madam Speaker directed the HR Dept at Parliament to add 15 people on the Pay Roll. This group is made up of relatives to the Speaker. She gave them up to January 24th 2022 to have them included on the Pay Roll. This is against government policy to employ people when there are no vacancies and worse still the relatives to Madam Speaker. Let Muchula come out in the open and tell the nation if he has not received that information.”

The sources also accused Mr. Muchula of living beyond his means and that there have been complaints about his standard of life but that the Drug Enforcement Commission have not taken up the matter to investigate the allegations.

“Muchula has built property in Silverest beyond his known sources of income. The property is registered in names of Mudenda Miyanda, a Car Hire Agent. He lives in one of his posh houses there. We request DEC and Zambia Police to investigate this issue otherwise we shall hire private lawyers to prosecute Muchula.”

The sources further accused Mr. Muchula of appointing a non-lawyer to supervise Advocates which is contrary to the Legal Practitioners Act.

“Muchula as Acting D.G for administrative convenience has no powers to suspend anyone nor to appoint any officer. He has done the opposite, this is against the law.

“We are also following up his involvement with Savenda. Can Mr. Muchula explain why Savenda has not been arrested up to now after he was warned and cautioned almost four months ago.”

“We are also following up a recording in which Muchula was soliciting for money from the accused persons in the Mukula scandal. We will keep the nation updated on this matter. The O.P is aware of this issue and we hope they are not hiding the same from the President.”

And when contacted for a comment, ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe dismissed the allegations claiming they are malicious and aimed at tarnishing the image of the Commission.

“The document you are referring to was authorized by some people within the Commission who want the Acting D.G to go. There is no truth to it and we will deal with this group administratively because we know them,” Ms. Chibwe said

44 COMMENTS

  1. WHATS NEW IN THIS COUNTRY ?
    THE ONLY WAY IS LIFE STYLE AUDITS FOR ALL !!
    OTHERWISE THIS WILL CONTINUE TILL DEATH DO US ALL PART

  2. Typical Zambian fake news. This country is truly going down the drain. The previous president was preaching corruption, the current one clearly hasn’t got an answer to fight it.

  3. Welcome to Zambia. Let’s fight poverty. There’s no easy way out of poverty. When Law enforcers become the Law breakers then you don’t have a nation. When those holding portfolios of decorum like that of Speaker are mentioned in unpleasant deeds then you don’t have a nation. A remind to public officers is that as long as you’re in a public office, everything you do shall always be in the public domain. You can’t hide it. At the end of it all what counts isn’t the wealth that you illegally accumulate but your deeds. Your descendants shall inherit your property and fight over it. In no time everything shall be sold and money squandered but people will continue to use your name in bad examples. Life is a vanity

  4. Corruption has become very sophisticated to fight against if this were not true? we could have atleast seen the investigative wings secure a few more convictions from the trail of scandals left behind by the previous regime but they haven’t and this is very depressing… now even the new appointees in the new dawn govt are looking for ways on how they can involve themselves in high level banditry because a precedent has not been set to deter them from these fraudulent activities..

  5. ALL THIS WILL FALL INTO PLACE WHEN FUTURE GENERATIONS COME INTO PLAY
    ALL CURRENT POLITICANS ARE IN OFFICE PURELY FOR MONETSRY GAINS
    AND THERE IS NO WAY TO SUPPRESS IT
    I’LL MENTION AGAIN LIFE STYLE AUDITS AND NOT BY ZRA THEY ARE VERY SELECTIVE AND PRONE TO BROWN ENVELOPES
    AS ARE THE POLICE,
    WE NEED RETIRED AUDITORS FROM OUT SIDE TO DO THIS
    THERE ARE MANY WHO WOULD LOVE TO COME TO ZAMBIA FOR A LIVING ALLOWANCE AND SEE OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY

  6. Listen u ACC people, if this story is true u’re going to hv me as your worst enemy. That I can assure you. Some of u actually know me.

  7. BA LT”In a leaked letter, the sources whose identities have been withheld accused Mr. Muchula of unprofessional conduct, abuse of office and aiding and abetting crimes involving some ACC officers.” A Reliable Newspaper would also add something like: “Which LT has in its possession”. To show the autheticity of their story. But as usual, the level of Journalism is so low, only good at throwing Rubbish, for as long as Google is paying for Adsence.
    Just 2 days ago, Lvsambo, claimed to have talked to Silumesi Muchula, who informed him of the plot to arrest and detain him over Easter. Suddenly, we get this article, is it a coincidence?

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  8. Compatriots, let me tell u about the USA in the early 1920s which is roughly one hundred years ago. It was a country under siege. Some religious nuts on the looney right succeeded in passing legislation to ban the production and sale of all kinds of alcohol. These laws were known as the Prohibition. This meant that even decent Americans who drunk beer sensibly could not lawfully indulge and hv a nice time with friends. Beer brewing became an underground industry and soon the mafia took control. And boy, didn’t they make money! With that money they started bribing judicial officers and law enforcement officers who were charged with ensuring that the alcohol ban was observed. Concerned citizens came together and realized that if they stood by and did nothing, the country was headed for…

  9. ..worse times. They campaigned for legalisation of beer brewing to take the industry out of control of crime syndicates. Corruption in the judiciary and law enforcement agencies was also fought. If we do not come together to fight corruption, including corrupt ACC officers, we’re going to lose our country.

  10. This is not a surprise under the government of hh and upnd. We told you from beginning that hh is a corrupt whlte collar criminal. Now you can see for yourself. He hoodwinks you slow people into thinking he is honest by giving up his salary meanwhile he is stealing billions

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  11. It is not a party problem: It is a ZAMBIA problem. The attitudes SUCK!!!!! Thievery, pilfering, embezzlement, natolafye — whatever you call it — is a ZAMBIA problem. We need to CHANGE this attitude. No POLITICAL party will change it. Citizen vigilance and values will be a good start.

  12. It would appear that the rot is continuing. No change at all. I really feel for the poor of our Country, because, the very same impoverished people will be the first ones jostling to vote, and probably even get killed for selfish individuals. Where is our humanity?

    #plant a tree please.

  13. When the white man built police camps he included drinking clubs and other amenities. He knew that if the police man mixed with the civilian he get corrupted…he will want to live in luxury like the well paid civilian eg own a car, television, and other nice things. Unip thought that the arrangement was inhuman and so opened the gates of these camps only to let the devil in man loose. Corrupt civilians drink from police senior clubs where they entice the police with ill gotten wealth. Most of these Noah buses operating in Kitwe are owned by police officers who normally don’t get enough to buy such property. The problem like someone has said is not a party problem… it’s us.

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  14. LT be careful and dont publish such articles for the seck of your website’s intergrity…all I am reading is source that source this no name of the author plus there are just too many actors in this movie. You say Acting DG is corrupt and has alot of properties not in his name surely if you are going to mention such things at least connect him to the named properties ie are the names on the properties to close relations.
    I am not discrediting that there is no corruption in ACC its there and you need serious reforms you can have them investigating themselves …all I am stating is that the autor could have done better and these sources may be disgrunted ACC officers who may not come forward when sh%t hits the fan; just look at Chilufya Tayali he was barking for Army officers but no he…

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  15. you need serious reforms you CAN NOT have ACC investigating themselves …all I am stating is that the autor could have done better and these sources may be disgrunted ACC officers who may not come forward when sh%t hits the fan; just look at Chilufya Tayali he was barking for Army officers but no he is on his own.

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  16. UPND chief praise singers Tarino Orange,Spaka, Sampa and Mawere now come and defend your holier-than-thou UPND…..kikikikikiki the rot continues…change of color from green to red and now red is even worse

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  17. Deja Vu – You posting absolute drivel building Police compounds and bars in Police camps has nothing to do with corruption or mixing with the public more to do with resources at the time, I mean that is like saying Defence personal have been placed in bases to stop them from mixing with civilians when its more about being in close promixity to their stations. If the “white man” had this wonderful idea why did he not have it in England in the 1940s or 60s? For someone who claims to be well travelled… I am puzzled by your post.

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  18. Saulosi – No one is defending ACC infact ACC has had an Acting DGs for the 7 years ….please go and read my post again and FYI calling me a praise singer wont stick, I dont come here to post comments when the article is critical of the govt of the day just for likes then disappear or hide away when the govt does something commendable.

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  19. Mourners of loss on plat form have little time for constructive engagement on any subject. Theirs is, oppose at any story, cast disparaging comments, cry political persecution, tag praise singer and be comfortable with thieves.

  20. #19 Tarino Orange again you miss the target…I grew up in town and I can tell you that it was an offense to enter a police camp and as rare as dog’s horn for a police officer to be found in a public tavern. I didn’t say anything about soldiers because that time I didn’t even where soldiers were found. It was not good to keep people like that but my point which deliberately ignore is that BECAUSE OF THAT ARRANGEMENT CORRUPTION AMONG OFFICERS WAS NEVER IN THE VOCABULARY. Take it or leave it but it still remains a fact.

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  21. Nothing surprising. Most Zambians go into public office not to contribute but to pocket what they can from public coffers. Corruption and bribes are other benefits. Just ask the present cabinet. And the previous one too.

  22. HUMANITY DISSAPPEARED IN 1968
    FOR THOSE IN THE KNOW
    AS WAS SAID CLEAN AIR>> ROADS>> AND NO LITTER
    THOSE WERE THE DAYS
    PLANT A TREE :))

  23. Deja Vu – There are many factors that arrangement helped but it has nothing to with corruption ..if anything that arrangement was only there due to lack of proper accomodation for officers…its this kind of thinking that is being replicated on social media where some Zambians want Police road blocks to be offically re-introduced back because it reducing crime…when its just doing the opposite robbing them of valuable tax through bribes to officers…I mean you can not have officers stood from 9-5 doing nothing all day in the middle of the road.

  24. Tarino Orange – You must have been a hard student to teach. Deja Vu’s premise of the argument is that if a police officer is a ‘buddy buddy’ with criminals because they drink together in a commoner’s bar, how then do you expect that police officer to arrest his buddies? Seperating the civilian bars from the officers bars lessened the creation of buddies between criminals and officers. How hard is that to comprehend?

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  25. @ Kitwe students aren’t pupils so they are not taught.
    That is a poorly rationalized theory. It’s not like policemen only meet criminals in a bar. “A commoner’s bar” whatever that is. What stops a police officer from going to meet a criminal outside the camp?

  26. #28 Staff Sergeant… just an experience from way back. My grandma’s brother who was a policeman in the colonial days happened to be on patrol in our area in Nchanga North. He sneaked in just to say hi to his sister. The whole neighborhood was caught in excitement with everyone expecting either one of my uncles or my grandfather himself to be picked up for questioning. It took some time for people to realize it was just an innocent visit. That’s how the police were perceived in those days. It was police force not police service.

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  27. Tarino is as thick as a rock. I am glad other bloggers are coming to realise how dumb that upnd cadre is. By the way tarino and tikki are one and the Same person. He also goes by other names here. Meanwhile he is always talking about some imaginary troll. Total madness. Pray for him

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  28. TARINO AND ONE OR 2 OTHERS ARE TRYING TO ARGUE RATIONALLTY
    UNFORTUNATELY IN MY OPINION THEY ARE WASTING THEIR TIME HERE
    THIS SITE IS NOT ABOUT SOLUTIONS AND RATIONALE
    BUT INTER PARTY RIVALRY

  29. Ba Kitwe – There is something called Pride and Professionalism …Police Officers are humans they are not little kids easily influenced….what of ZRA Tax officers they drink with civilians. Surely do you not see what is wrong with this statement …”When the white man built police camps he included drinking clubs and other amenities. He knew that if the police man mixed with the civilian he get corrupted”
    By the way if Officers were well paid they would be drinking with civilians but they are not.

  30. The whistle blowers should ve commended for their courage and initiative. Widtle blowers are critical in the fight against corruption. From the spokeswoman’s response, they’re known antagonists within ACC. looks like they’ve made efforts to have the issues addressed internally. Its up to DEC, ZP and others to investigate whether there’s any merit in their allegation. Also ensure they’re not victimized or fired for their action.

  31. Some free education. The colonialist put police officers in camp not to isolate them from criminals in “commoner” s bars but for logistical convenience. When there was a riot anywhere the cops could easily be mobilised from the camp and taken to the place of conflict. Camp Bars were just a convenient addition.. The colonial industries followed the same strategy in providing for their workers. The mines built homes for all miners near the shafts and pits for convenient transportation. to and from work Bars taverns and shopping places for miners were to naturally follow.

  32. Steve – These are not whistleblowers but ACC officers settling scores and playing chess…you are telling us that someone who has amassed so much wealth in backhands and has built highrise apartments would go and steal $8000 from the strong room?

  33. So Lungu left this corrupt Silumesi guy to do his mission? Wow , the PF left a wolf to guard a chickenhouse.

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  34. DÉJÀ VU# 27…. & BA KITWE #26 …….. TARINO ORANGE# must be ignored. What kind of qualified Economist thinks at this shallow level? Tarino Orange is so dull and there is no way he would be an Economist. Déjà Vu is just expressing a metaphor, narrative, or chronicles. And this bum Tarino Orange cannot see the bridge – but decides to set a different tone, completely off truck just looking to have a fight.

  35. #34 Shimugodi… that is just one reason. In fact the police who were used to quench riots were from the Mobile Unit. If your point is valid then you are saying today this arrangement doesn’t apply because we don’t have riots. My point is that because there’s less contact with the the general population, police were less likely to engage in corruption. Example there’s a senior police officer in Kitwe who is a big supplier to one of the mines. Incidentally the head of the buying section is a regular at the police senior officer club. What does that tell you? You think if this buyer is in trouble the police won’t make sure he’s gets off without being punished?

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    • No am not saying what you want me to say. You are focussing on the side benefits of an action and trying to make them the main premise because having thus ascribed these benefits you cant think of anything else as being the reason behind the action. That is exactly what is defined by not thinking out of the box.. The police from the Mobile Unit were also from a camp. Kamfisa is known for that. But police arent mobilised only for a riot, any crime would be sorted out by police arriving from a camp. By the way Police then and now did not leave riots exclusively to the Mobile Unit. They supported each other.

  36. “.. why SAVENDA has not been arrested… ”
    This is laughable.. is SAVENDA an individual? I doubt the genuineness of this story

  37. “… why has SAVENDA not been arrested…” Is SAVENDA an individual?? Really laughable!!
    I doubt the authenticity of this story

  38. Those that see corruption are afraid to report it. sometimes due to fear of retribution from their places of work because ACC, DEC, Police and the Justice system are so corrupt that they sellout people with good intentions. The Labour MInistry allow employers to abuse their workers because all they are good at is receiving bribes or simply sit in their offices waiting for the next case rather than being in the field to enforce these labour laws same goes for the ministry of immigration, how many foreign people who occupy jobs that Zambian people are more than qualified to hold weave their way out to stay longer than expected in Zambia? wake up you inept government and deliver what you promised the people.

  39. @Shimugodu quite correct. Even the mine police adopted the strategy. In Mufulira all mine police stayed in Section 8 and they even built them a Bar called Bakapokola.

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