Zambia’s anti-corruption agency on Tuesday arrested a former minister for alleged corruption.

Brian Chituwo, who served as Minister of Health and Agriculture in the former ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) governing party under late President Levy Mwanawasa and former President Rupiah Banda respectively, was arrested for corrupt practices involving failure to declare interest, according to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesperson Timothy Moono.

He said the former minister, 70, has been charged with one count for failure to declare interest in a project in which he was a director and shareholder.

The former minister, as a lawmaker for Mumbwa Constituency in central Zambia sat in a council meeting which agreed to fund a private company in which he was a director and shareholder, without declaring interest.

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He has since been released on bond and will appear in court on Friday, June 16, 2017.

Meanwhile the anti-drug agency has also arrested three former officials from the country’s meteorological body and the current head of the meteorological body for corrupt practices involving over 49,000 Euros.

The anti-corruption agency spokesperson said the four solicited about 12,459 Euros each as gratification from a local contractor that was awarded a contractor to do some works at the Zambia Meteorological Department. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/