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ACC arrest an Oil Exports Manager of Surya Energy Limited Exports over K4,000.00 bribe to ERB Officer

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested an Oil Exports Manager of Surya Energy Limited Exports for corrupt practices involving a K4,000.00 bribe to a named Energy Regulation Board (ERB) Officer who rejected the bribe.

This is in a matter where Mr Aditya Arora, 38, of House No. 19, Katemo Road, Rhodespark, Lusaka, has been arrested and charged with one count of corrupt practices with Public Officer contrary to Section 19(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe noted that Aditya was apprehended at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport as he attempted to flee the country, despite being warned and cautioned.

Ms Chibwe stated that the arrest follows investigations in which it was established that Aditya offered a bribe of K4,000.00 to a named officer of the Energy Regulations Board (ERB) in order for the officer to include an oil tanker on a list of tankers that had been inspected and were due for inclusion in a petroleum products transportation license.

She added that investigations have revealed that in May 2022, Surya Energy Limited applied to have six (6) oil tankers inspected by ERB for purposes of their inclusion in their road transportation license for petroleum products in which the license that Surya Energy Limited had was valid till July 2024.

Additionally, it had been established that on 1st July 2022, Surya Energy Limited only made four (4) tankers available for inspection out of the six (6) at their Mungwi Road garage, and following the inspection, approval was granted for the four (4) tankers to be included in the road transportation license for petroleum products.

“Arora later sent K4,000 as a bribe to a named ERB Officer who was one of the inspectors to facilitate the addition of another tanker on the list of inspected tankers for inclusion in the license, the ERB officer rejected the bribe and reported the issue to his superiors, who passed it on to the ACC,” she said

She said that in relation to the same matter, the Commission has also recorded a warn and caution statement from Aditya’s Lawyer Mwansa Chambaila of Ituna Partners in Lusaka, for giving false information to an officer of the Commission.

Ms Mwansa is alleged to have provided information to the effect that Aditya was scheduled to travel out of the country on 5th August 2022 when in fact Aditya was scheduled to travel the previous day on 4th August 2022.

However, alert officers managed to track Aditya and had him removed from the plane which he had already boarded.

Ms Chibwe cited that Aditya is detained in Police custody and is expected to appear in court on Monday 8th August 2022 for mention.

15 COMMENTS

  1. The fact that he even boarded the flight should worry our intelligence. There’s a big loophole here. The guy was bribing each concerned staff at various points all the way to boarding. Heads need to roll

  2. Hh thinks he is clever. This is a way for them to justify an investigation and witch-hunt in the oil sector because they know I have business interests in this sector. They have failed to find anything on me. I am 100 steps ahead of that cow boy hh. I didn’t attend university but I am more wiser than them. You won’t manage me

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  3. LETS LEAVE RACE OUT OF THIS
    THERE ARE MANY PAYNG WORKERS UNDER THE GOVERNMENT MINIMUM WAGE
    AND IMAGINE THE IMPOSTER SAYING HE HAS AN INTEREST IN THIS SECTOR
    REALLY LAUGHABLE CONSIDERING HES A PAID BLOGGER KIKIKI

  4. Quite comical how these people of the ‘other skin’ think Zambians are so cheap. If the bribe is large enough, take it and then do nothing.

  5. The ERB officer needs to be highly commended. He’s indeed a true patriot. Job well done officer and the ACC. Continue clamping down on corruption. No sacred cows. As for the corrupt guy that was trying to bribe the ERB officer, throw him behind bars for not less than 20 years. That’ll send a strong message to other wanna be bribers.

  6. We still have a few Zambians s with a heart for their country. This company changes the price of fuel upwards even before due time of midnight some of its filling stations such as the one on Ngwerere road. They have been doing this especially when the fuel is adjusted upwards.

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