LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka
MWANSABOMBWE Member of Parliament (MP) Rodgers Mwewa and his wife Anne Mwitwa have been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for alleged abuse of authority of office involving K2,275,358.
Mr Mwewa, 43, a former deputy Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, and Ms Mwitwa, 35, a former Cabinet Office permanent secretary in charge of administration, were arrested yesterday but have been released on bond pending appearance in court.
Mr Mwewa and Ms Mwitwa, both of house number 4061 Musengele Road, Sunningdale in Lusaka, are separately charged with one and seven counts, respectively.
The Mwansabombwe law-maker allegedly abused his office involving the purchase of a vehicle valued at K220,000 while his wife is alleged to have awarded contracts valued at K2,055,358 to seven different companies based in Kitwe without following laid-down procedure.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono confirmed the arrests of Mr Mwewa and his wife yesterday.
â€œRodgers Mwewa and Anne Mwitwa Mwewa have both been released on bond and will appear in court on May 18 and May 25, 2015, respectively,â€ Mr Moono said.
Particulars in Mr Mwewaâ€™s offence are that between April 14, 2012 and August 31, 2013, he, as an MP and member of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee, allegedly imposed the purchase of a Toyota Hiace van which was converted into an ambulance using CDF.
He is alleged to have influenced the decision of the Kawambwa District Council tender committee to award the contract valued at K220,000 for the minibus to his brother Thomson Mwewa, an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the Government and citizens of Mwansabombwe.
Particulars in Ms Mwitwaâ€™s allegations are that she awarded contracts to seven companies based in Kitwe without following laid-down procedure.
She allegedly awarded contracts to Rollyâ€™s Catering Services (K888,374), Hostels Board of Management (K142,000), Nonbutula Lodge (K500,000) and Sherbourne Farms Limited worth (K179,984.70).
Others are Rosewood Place (K225, 000), Vogue Afrique (K300,000) and Hotel Edinburgh (K290,000).
LINDA NYONDO, Lusaka