Former army chief arrested

 Former army chief arrested

By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Zambia Army Chief of Operations and an Officer in the Office of the President Special Division for corruption involving exportation of Mukula logs without following laid down procedure.

ACC Spokesperson Queen Chibwe said Brigadier General Gilbert Mulenga has been charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office.

Ms Chibwe said whilst acting together with persons unknown on dates unknown but between June 1st, 2021 and September, 30th, 2021 in Lusaka, General Mulenga did Abuse the Authority of Office.

She said this was done by arbitrarily resolving to regularize an attempted illegal export to China of 23 containers laden with Mukula logs transported by Ackson Tembo of ACK General Suppliers.

Ms Chirwa said the act is prejudicial to the interest of the Government of Zambia.

And, Ms Chibwe said Bruce Aongola an Executive Officer at the Office of the President Special Division has also been arrested and charged with the same offence of Abuse of Authority of Office.

“Mr Aongola arbitrarily resolved to regularize an attempted illegal export to China of 23 containers laden with Mukula logs transported by Ackson Tembo of ACK General Suppliers, the duo has since been released on Bond and will appear in court soon,” she said

In October last year, the Commission intercepted and seized a consignment of 23 trucks laden with Mukula logs belonging to Ackson Tembo, a Lusaka Businessman and proprietor of ACK General Suppliers.

The trucks were enroute to neighboring Namibia and Zimbabwe, with unknown final destinations.