Board members expose Clive Chirwa, it’s him demanding K248 m a month, K72m rent

Chirwa stands in front of the apartments in which he rents a flat but claims it’s his mansion

The board of Zambia Railways Limited has exposed chief executive officer Clive Chirwa’s wasteful lifestyle brnging to the fore fears that the money from Eurobond given to ZRA is being plundered.

The board members, Mark Chona (chairman), Oliver Saasa (vice-chairman), Geoffrey Mulenga (member), Irene Mbewe (member), Jonam Mwansa (member), say they are ready to resign to facilitate independent investigations against them.
They have also said a case of corruption against them be immediately reported to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to establish the real truth behind any claim of corruption.
Prof Chirwa has allegedly been issuing press statements to some sections of the media, slighting the character of some board members by accusing them of being corrupt.
“Considering that Clive Chirwa has continued, on a daily basis, to misinform the nation on the true happenings in the board, the laws of the land and that of natural justice demand that truth must be made known to enable the public to appreciate better what is really happening in this public company,” reads the statement issued yesterday.
The board members denied demanding K500 million sitting allowance, saying they receive only KR2,600 per sitting in line with what is obtaining in most public companies. The K2,600 allowance, they said, was inherited from the previous board.
“Although the Minister [Christopher Yaluma] advised the board to revise this upwards to reflect what obtains on the market in the light of what he considered a mammoth task of transforming a non-performing company, the board, during its sitting on 22 March 2013, actually resolved to retain the same amount of K2,600 given the insolvency of Zambia Railways at present,” reads the statement.
The board also dismissed allegations that director finance Regina Mwale was suspended for failing to pay “the huge” sitting allowances to board members.
“Again, there is nothing more distant from the truth than this …the letter to her is very clear and for Clive Chirwa to misinform the public is unfortunate. The truth is this: Clive Chirwa, in the contract appointing him, is expected to live in the Chief Executive’s Residence in Kabwe. However, he believes that Kabwe is too small for him since he claims that he owns and lives in a multi-million British pounds manor house in the UK [the picture of which he strangely circulated to board members in the hope of intimidating them].
Instead, he opted to live in Lusaka from where he commutes to Kabwe, spending a total of four hours in travel time every day. He lives at Fallsway Luxury Apartment, where the director finance continued to pay more than K72 million per month in rentals,” the statement reads and continues, “when the director finance, clearly working in league with Clive Chirwa, resisted the relocation to Kabwe, and mindful that there were several financial irregularities that could not be justified [including paying the  over K72 million monthly rentals without a tenancy agreement], the finance and administration committee of the board resolved to recommend to the full board to institute forensic audit of Zambia Railways in order to protect public money…the board resolved to put Ms Mwale on leave, on full-pay, pending the completion of forensic audit by the Auditor General’s Office.”
“This development greatly disturbed Clive Chirwa, who defiantly attempted to block the leave but with no success. He has continued to this present day to live in Fallsway, in full defiance of board directives.”
The board has also denied allegations that it has moved the US$120 million Eurobond money to Finance Bank without knowledge of Prof Chirwa, saying “boards never get involved in such things”.
It also says Prof Chirwa attempted to move the company headquarters to Lusaka without the knowledge of the board.
“In his characteristic manner, he objected to this and went ahead to initiate the procurement of premises, which the company was to pay about K1.2 billion per month in rentals,” said the five board members.
The board also said Prof Chirwa attempted to rehabilitate ZR without a feasibility study.
“He does not recognise the board in the restructuring process given his self-centred ‘I, me and myself’ approach to everything. Among his ‘visions’ is to build underground railway stations without feasibility studies and without approval of the board. He has since refused to facilitate the development of a strategic plan for ZRL, preferring to use his own document that he developed before the board was appointed,” the statement reads.
The statement says the board faces challenges from Prof Chirwa because it rejected his demand of US$560,000 annual salary (or K248 million per month) and a 25 percent shareholding in Zambia Railways at the end of his five-year contract.
This, the statement reads, is in addition to demanding K2.6 billion annual bonus and six free tickets per annum for his wife and children to the United Kingdom.
The board alleges that Prof Chirwa wanted to chair the ZR procurement committee, which is irregular.
It further alleges that Prof Chirwa attempted to single-source “his dormant company” to train senior staff of ZR.
“One disconcerting development that borders on a possible case of corruption relates to Clive Chirwa’s attempt to use his own company, Clavel Incorporated Limited, to train all senior management staff at Zambia Railways Limited – and without declaring interest.”
“He informed the very first meeting of the board [and it is minuted] that he will hire the company to offer this service. He was advised then that the Board would not allow single-sourcing as it is against Government procurement regulations and that the President has already made a clear position on this. After investigations by the board, it was established that this company, registered in 2000 in the UK, is [as per the filed accounts for the financial year ending 31 August 2011, signed by Clive Chirwa himself] a dormant company with hardly any assets and owned by Clive Chirwa and his family members [wife and two sons],” reads the statement.
When asked to comment on the allegations, Prof Chirwa said he could not discuss the matter as he was at a private function.

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317 Responses to "Board members expose Clive Chirwa, it’s him demanding K248 m a month, K72m rent"

  1. EUSTY .M   April 24, 2013 at 08:16

    Thats total lunacy,is that your house or a state Museum sir?Bwalicha mu Zambia you cant steal ati ka prof……selfish imbecile nangu ulikafyashi..ukokwine atase…tell me something this is imbroglio.

  2. shilesa   April 24, 2013 at 02:04

    Well there it goes ‘up in flames’. Next, the so called ‘national airline’ cum ‘zambia airways’.

  3. ZNBC   April 23, 2013 at 16:07

    very shocking revelations uyu chikala efyo engachitaso lets fire his aas.these r the pipo who think bn educated and having long cv is bn rich,twala ifimatole ku kashi kobe guy nga baupa utubasungu nishi balafulungana ka?? chi professor…

  4. Julia Chikamoneka   April 23, 2013 at 12:36

    even if ur educated, at times try hard to see things in the reality of the matter. There is no way ZRL can pay him such money. Thats why educated people do not excel in several matters of life.

  5. felix   April 23, 2013 at 10:01

    People of Zambia, God has seen us what type of a president, this man (Chirwa) who wants to lead Zambia, will do to this God loving Nation (Zambia) We say no before its late.and as Zambians we ask the President Sata to remove all goventment officers ( PS, Ministers, D/Ministers)paying more than ZMW7,000.00 on housing from office. We can save and build Kaoma Lukulu Road to bituminous Road.

  6. form four   April 23, 2013 at 08:00

    Its hammer house vof horror I have seen it when I was in UK. SO clean and distinct its a tourist attraction.

  7. dre   April 22, 2013 at 22:24

    iwe chi hefty prof.are u really zambian/patriot that u need a lawyer to negotiate the terms of the contract with will rot in your mediocrity.fyabupuba.proudly zambian.

  8. changa mire   April 22, 2013 at 21:41


  9. Perry M Chisamu   April 22, 2013 at 16:17

    Seriously, i wondered how it was possible for a ‘busy’ prof to relocate to Zambia at short notice to get this assignment.
    Lawyer to negotiate his contract? How is prof’s standing on Corporate governance? His company, to carry out a job in ZR? Of course the board was fortified on solid ground. The point is he had the mens rea waiting for actus.
    Dissolving the board is one thing but complete the double entry. Let prof go back to his bungalow in the UK. Usd 120 m is eur bond money. Bond requires that it is paid at once with the related interest. I don’t think these expenses we are hearing were originary envisaged in the original use of funds schedule. These expenses are not sustainable!! Ladies and gentlemen, beware of some of our relatives in the diaspora, they may be fulfilling late Nashil Pitchen Kazembe’s prophetic song( A Phiri A Nabbwera). Let Prof. Go!

  10. Al - Capone   April 22, 2013 at 16:02

    My God its a hotel. I dont understand why he should pose in front of a hotel and claim its his house.

  11. Saidah Nkolola   April 22, 2013 at 15:20

    If Zambia does not open its eyes widely, its is likely to face the most horrible kind of suffering in the next few years to come. I think there is much need for us Zambians to guard jealously what is ours. To my fellow youths, let us take a stance to strategies and see how possible we can develop our nation Zambia. Let us take the bu-tan from where our Grand fathers have reached. And also you Fathers and Grand Fathers, ensure that you create wealth that we can inherit and be able to pass it to the third and fourth generation, and we the now youths we shall be able to build a deep strong concrete foundation that upon it shall build a deep and high strong tower that shall provide shelter for generation to come after us. Let the mentality of thinking only on ourselves stop. we need to think even for those who are to come after us. Look even God Himself before creating man looked at the necessities that man He had to create would require and that’s the reason we see Him putting in place those things in five days and the sixth created man and gave him dominion to rule over the earth. Let us get this best word of wisdom from our God Almighty and our country will prosper. If you need scriptural reference > Genesis 1;1-30. Blessed are those who will take the bull with is horns.

  12. fredosman   April 22, 2013 at 15:16

    we have had people coming back from the diaspora with nothing. ba chirwa has the prof thing but lilalabo. this is a zambia were yesterday i witnesed the death of a kid while being taken to the hospital by the poor parents on a bicycle and some one comes naka profesa katu jinga ati more money pa zed. mwaela boo bakamba here we work for money. well done ba board. we need that spirit. i will rather die for the truth.

    • tonto fever   April 22, 2013 at 17:13

      Yes and chirwa should tell Zambians what he has achieved for himself years before. We don’t want ba sangwapo . Chirwa is a poor prof who has nothing to pride himself with now he thinks he has to chance an opportunity of stealing from us. Chirwa go to hell and never look back forsake

  13. Ministry of home affairs   April 22, 2013 at 15:05

    Chirwa is wasteful and if Sata is not careful ZRL is headed for doom.The man is useless and he is just noise for nothing.

    • The grassroot   April 22, 2013 at 15:37

      Chirwa who negotiated for your contract on behalf of Government? The fool should be fired.

  14. chief ADVISER   April 22, 2013 at 15:03

    Mwalimonako cv ya 18 tells you what sort of person he is.Tell me colleagues which parastatal is making money for the people apart from enriching the few in top positions and the appointing authourities

  15. SIZIDZABWEZEDWAPONSODI   April 22, 2013 at 14:36

    OAG?BOZ? Intelligency wings? when are we going to comand discipline? We can only command it if these irregularities could be followed ASAP. Zambezi Portland Cement too much, now it is a parastatal Organisation. Sit down and come up with a document that aim to curb this in the bud.

  16. Chiwasa   April 22, 2013 at 14:35

    He reminds me of professor Yusufu Lule of Uganda who wanted to rule Uganda with a CV of just being a professor,not realising that to run a nation it takes more than just being a professor.

  17. eyeofaneagle...   April 22, 2013 at 14:12


  18. Ichunsu   April 22, 2013 at 14:00

    Let them all be investigate we may not know is truthful

  19. wiza   April 22, 2013 at 13:56

    Can someone join me tomorrow in a demonstraion against Professor Chirwa. I will start at 7:30hrs from Chelstone to Manda Hill. I will stay away from work.

    I will carry no food though, but I will be with my dog in my birth suite to demonstrate the gravity of the matter. No Police permit at this stage.

  20. ST. DESPERATIOUS   April 22, 2013 at 13:40

    The main problem with Chirwa is that he thinks that he is the most literate Zambian around. In my opinion, his record is quite half baked and even Mr. HH has a better CV.

  21. Grassroots Reloaded   April 22, 2013 at 13:19

    Don’t kubeba at work. Honestly, do we need such unrealistic people for our developing Country? This is not the UK! We have a lot of work to do with such money than to use it for the benefit of one selfish individual. Just because he is married to a white woman? No ways ba Sata. Clive must go back to his “lavish” lifestyle in the Uk. We can’t sustain it in Zambia.Then this is the guy who wanted to aspire for presidency? What a shame. He was surely going to sell the country. Thank God he has showed his true colours coz this speaks volumes of his type.He has no passion for his country.Anyway …