Amos Chanda arrested for obstruction

 Amos Chanda arrested for obstruction

The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested former Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda for Obstruction and Using Insulting Language, contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

Chanda, 49, of House No. 67, Elm Road in Woodlands has been arrested together with his wife, Mable Chanda, 48 and his Sister-in-law Ruth Nakaundi 37.

Chanda has been charged with One Count of Using Insulting Language contrary to Section 179 of Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia, and One Count of Obstruction Contrary to Section 63 (c) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 while Mrs. Chanda and Miss Nakaundi are jointly charged with One Count of using Insulting Language and one Count of Obstruction.

Details in the first Count are that Mr. Chanda on 27th October 2021, in Lusaka District did use insulting language on three (3) ACC Officers as they were executing their duties, a conduct likely to give provocation to the named Officers so as to cause them to break the peace or commit an offence.

In the Second Count, Mrs. Chanda and Miss Nakaundi, on 27th October 2021, in Lusaka District, whilst acting together did use insulting language repeatedly on named officers of the Commission, a conduct likely to give provocation to the officers so as to cause them to break the peace or commit an offence.

Details in the third Count are that the trio, on the same date did obstruct and delay officers of the Anti-Corruption Commission in lawful exercise of their duty to search House No. 67, Elm road, Woodlands in Lusaka, when they stated that the keys to the bedrooms were with another person purported to have travelled out of town when in fact not.

The three have since been released on bond and will appear in Court soon.

The Commission would like to warn suspects who are in the habit of obstructing law enforcement officers during the execution of their duties that doing so is a criminal offence and the Commission will not hesitate to use the law and bring such individuals to book.

This is contained in a statement by Anti-Corruption Commission Spokesperson Queen Chibwe.

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