PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Lusaka
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday interviewed former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Chishimba Kambwili for over nine hours over allegations of corruption and abuse of authority of office.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said in an interview that the commission interviewed Dr Kambwili in line with the continued investigations into the former minister’s alleged corrupt practices.
Mr Moono said Dr Kambwili was also interrogated over allegations of abuse of authority of office when he served as minister. The interview was also based on his acquisition of property beyond his past and present emoluments.
He said ACC will in the next few weeks announce the findings of its investigations and the way forward.
“We called him in this morning, and as you are aware, the interview is a follow-up to the investigations we are conducting. After this, the next stage will be to assess what he will say and thereafter a decision will be made,” Mr Moono said.
Dr Kambwili was interviewed from around 09:30 hours to around 18:00 hours.
And when contacted, Dr Kambwili said the ACC wanted him to explain how he acquired his wealth which the commission feels is too much.
He accused the ACC of coming up with trumped-up charges against him.
“I am a very clean politician and I have built my reputation over a period of time. I am as clean as KK’s [former President Kenneth Kaunda’s] handkerchief. They’re attributing properties to me which I don’t own. The ACC are saying I used undue influence to get contracts from the mines.
“I am a miner and I deal in mining activities, so it’s bogus to say I used undue influence to get contracts from the mines,” he said.
Dr Kambwili, however, thanked the ACC for giving him an opportunity to exculpate himself.
“It has been six months since I was fired, and from that time I’ve been a prisoner of my own conscience. This has given me an opportunity to clear my conscience,” he said.
Last year, the ACC opened an inquiry into corruption allegations against Dr Kambwili, who is also Roan member of Parliament under the ruling Patriotic Front.