The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) has confirmed seizing 48 flats, which have since been forfeited to the state, belonging to a Ministry of Finance official who is under investigation.
And the commission has refuted reports that it has summoned Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya to the ACC head office.
In a statement, Thursday, ACC spokesperson Timothy Moono clarified that contrary to media speculation that the Commission had seized 56 units of flats alleged to be proceeds of crime, the commission had only seized and forfeited to the state 48 flats.
“The Anti- Corruption Commission (ACC) wishes to clarify media speculations in relation to a story circulating on various media platforms that the Commission has seized 56 units of flats alleged to be proceeds of crime. We wish to state that the Commission has been investigating allegations of possession of property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime against a Ministry of Finance official in Lusaka. Investigations established that 48 flats were acquired by the suspect in Chalala area, off Shantumbu road, Lusaka. Of the 48 units, 30 (Thirty) are complete and 18 (Eighteen) are incomplete. In addition 13 bare plots were also seized. These properties have since been forfeited to the State pursuant to the Anti- Corruption Commission (Disposal of Recovered Property) Regulations,” stated Moono.
Meanwhile, ACC corporate affairs officer Christopher Chibanku refuted reports that it had summoned Dr Chilufya to the ACC head office.
“I wish to acknowledge receipt of your press query in which you wanted to find out whether the Commission has summoned Hon. Chitalu Chilufya, the Minister of Health to ACC head office. I wish to inform you that contrary to media reports, the Anti-Corruption Commission has not summoned Hon. Chitalu Chilufya to the ACC head office,” said Chibanku.