UPND Kamwala ward councilor Mainda Simataa has reported former Kabwata PF member of parliament Given Lubinda and another to the Anti-Corruption Commission for allegedly being in possession of a community play park in Kamwala, which is reasonably suspected to be a proceed of corruption.
And ACC has confirmed receipt of the report, saying the contents will be studied and the due process will follow.
In a letter addressed to the ACC director, Simataa said he had received information that Lubinda and Andrew Lwenje, a teacher of Kamwala High School and chairman of Given Lubinda Foundation, intend to sell the property.
“I write on behalf of the people I represent in Kamwala Ward 5 of Kabwata constituency in Lusaka district, to report former Kabwata member of parliament under the PF, Hon. Given Lubinda for being in possession of community play park, plot No. 14726/917 located on the Ring Road, Kamwala Ward 5 Lusaka, property reasonably suspected to be a proceed of corruption/crime. Further, I have received information that Hon Lubinda and a Mr Lwenje, a senior teacher of Kamwala High School and also chairman of Given Lubinda Foundation (GLF) which administers the property in question under a 13-year lease obtained from Lusaka City Council (LCC), intend to sell off the property through their associate, a prohibited immigrant named Tinashe Banda who has since been arrested by migration officers and is detained at chimbokaila prison awaiting deportation,” read the letter.
And in an interview, ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said the complaint would be treated like any other complaint.
“Yes, I can confirm that we have received it. The Commission will treat this just like any complaint that come, that is alleging corruption against anyone. The contents will be studied and the due process will follow,” said Chibwe.
And speaking to the media after handing in the report, Simataa urged the ACC to expedite investigations.
Simataa was accompanied by UPND Alliance partner, Secretary General of the RPP Stanley Malama when he presented a dossier of documents to ACC which includes; a 2009 site map indicating that the property was originally earmarked as a play park; a petition written to Lusaka City Council by the residents of Kamwala on 10th May 2017 to stop Lubinda from taking over the property; and a 13 year lease agreement given to the Given Lubinda Foundation by LCC dated March 25, 2020.