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Former State House Economic Advisor Arrested for Corruption

Headlines Former State House Economic Advisor Arrested for Corruption

The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested and charged former Special Assistant for Economics Hibeene Mwiinga for possession of property valued at over K41 Million and cash amounting to over US $238,900.

Mr Hibeene Mwiinga is the former Economic Advisor to the former Republican President Edgar Chagwa Lungu has been arrested for being in possession of properties that are reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

The Anti-Corruption Commission Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono highlighted in a statement issued that Mr Hibeene Mwiinga, 60 years, of Hichikey Farm in Mwembeshi has been charged with 23 counts of possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71(1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

Mr Moono explained that the said properties include a house in Kingsland City which he purchased for cash at US Dollars 600,000 and five (5) houses in Silverest Gardens all valued at K4,383,144, while other properties include a double storey flat in NAPSA Housing Complex in Ibex Hill valued at K1,520,000; and two (2) properties in Chililabombwe valued at K2,140,000.

Furthermore, Mr Mwiinga is also in possession of seven (7) motor vehicles which include Mercedes Benz car, Jeep Cherokee, an Isuzu D-Max, a FAW Truck and two trailers, all valued at K1,466,478.68.

“Between January 2015 and January 2021, Mr Mwiinga was in possession of a total of US Dollars 238, 924.00 in his bank accounts,” Mr Moono said

And Mr Moono added that Mercy Munsanje Mwenda Mr Mwiinga’s wife and his son Hakaantu Mwiinga have also been arrested and charged with possession of properties reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

He noted that Mercy Munsanje Mwenda, 56 years, has been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71(1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010, of the Laws of Zambia.

He said that the properties include eleven (11) vehicles which include an Isuzu D-Max, two Hino Trucks, a Mercedes Benz car; a Dyna Truck and a Toyota Alphard, all valued at K1,251,660.59.

“Mercy is also in possession of a property in Salama Park valued at USD 20,750.00,” he noted

Meanwhile, Hakaantu Mwiinga, 32 years, son to Mr Mwiinga of house number 22 Salama Park, has also been arrested and charged with two counts of possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71(1) of the forfeiture of proceeds of crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

“The properties include 9 vehicles which include; a Dodge Nitro; a DAF Trailer; a Van Hool Trailer; a Volvo, and a Nissan Navara; all valued at K680, 900,” Mr Moono stated

Mr Moono cited that Hakaantu is also in possession of a property in Silverest Garden valued at USD 50,000.

Mr Moono stated that the trio have been jointly arrested and charged with 17 counts of being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71(1) of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

“The properties came into their possession between January 2015 and January 2021, and include cash deposits in a company account amounting to K7,516, 943.27; twenty-seven motor vehicles valued at K4,026, 525.27 and a farm in Mwembeshi in the name of Hechikay Farms valued at K12, 400, 000 and the farm which was acquired much earlier was, however, developed between the same period,” Mr Moono explained

Mr Moono alluded that the trio are expected to appear before Court on 31st August 2022 as there are a total of 54 properties that have been linked to Mwiinga, his wife and son that are reasonably suspected to have been acquired through proceeds of crime between 2015 and 2021.

20 COMMENTS

  1. This country called Zambia is very rich and if we had to share evenly the wealth that it has, no one would be going hungry. These PF *****s stole everything that we’re available and then creating this problem.

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  2. If you steal like that then you aim to deprive the country of resources. By the way I thought it only Bemba people who were thieves?

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  3. The greatest mistake we make is to shift the blame to PF. Most Zambians are corrupt to the core. Some just happen to be associated closely with PF. We have to deal with the root cause, PF is just a symptom. You will be singing the same song at the end of the new dawn regime period. ZESCO needs cleaning up all those are not PF they are Zambians. They solicit bribes even for things that customers have paid for. DEC take keen interest and clean the rot, including some among your ranks.

  4. People are saying that I am next. BRING IT ON IF YOU ARE MEN ENOUGH! you will lose all cases and cost the tax payers millions if you mess with me

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    • I guess your bladder is giving way and now you’re all wet pants! Time to account for what you have!! Musa M has already challenged everyone to account their lifestyles – and yes you can’t be more correct – the arms of the law are closing in!

  5. I think ACC is in capable hands under Gilbert Phiri. A bad General is seen by the number of lieutenants that he loses. ECL led a Kleptocracy and that’s why he wanted to go for an illegal 3rd term. Most of those that served under him have soiled hands. Just look at the greed of the people that were in judge of State affairs! You people what matters most in life is your service to the people. Ill-gotten wealth is a vanity just like life. Look at this man, now his family is facing jail. What can be more embarrassing than this?

  6. Surely how can someone purchase houses with over half million dollars cash without relevant authorities being alerted, we need review how property is purchased this is money launderers heaven.

  7. Very few business have such vast returns like……….

    Serving in lungus GRZ……………

    5 to 6 year’s service guaranteed you were a dollar millionair………..

    While the country sunk deeper into debt……….

  8. Hibeene Mwiinga Facilitated the formation of the PNU party for Hamududu Highvie. He got money from Lungu and they shared with Hamududu many times in millions of kwacha. Lungu was the sponsor of the Hamududu party hoping to split HH votes in Southern Province. Hamududu got a lot of lucrative money through dubious state house assignments and the one who was signing was Dr Zimba and Hibeene Mwiinga got a lot of money through this. Hamdudu bought a lot of assets including tractors and never even used the money for campaigns. In Itezhi tezhi council chairman by-Elections, Hamududu was given K 3 million kwacha by freedom sikazwe and Hibeene mwiinga right in front of my eyes for campaigns in itezhi tezhi but they met at Ndeke Hotel and shared it out . Take on the coward Hamududu alos ba ACC

    • Just work hard my friend you will make it as well, you think PF are that stupid to give Hamududu Highvie millions of kwancha to challenge HH for Presidency or split votes when he was unknown 5 years ago…really laughable.

  9. This is shameful. Really bad for the country. what about many others who were close to the President like Ministers?

  10. So what was the Special Assistant for Economics advising the President on? Looting? How come RB’s Special Assistants left state house and no one pointed a finger at them? Lungu’s presidency was rotten to the core. Very Sad indeed.

  11. It was time to steal during lungus term in office……….

    Even his minister , lusambo was on air stating people steal to secure their families………a whole minister on air…….

    and of course lungu was OK with this………

    otherwise he would have fired lusambo……….

    That is why those close to lungu loved him………all of them got extremely wealthy beyond their wildest dreams…………

    While the country sunk deeper in debt………

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  12. Huge embarrassment for an economic advisor, this culture must be allowed to surface in Zambia and we should close all loop holes and cage the offenders, such stealing is beyond bad, its evil to the nation including our children

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