Updated: George Chellah gets Radio Phoenix editor arrested under bribe trap

Billy KazokaThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Radio Phoenix News Editor Billy Kazoka on charges of receiving bribes.

But the Watchdog is reliably informed that Kazoka was trapped by State House spokesperson George Chellah.

Kazoka (in black pants)  is said to have been picked up together with another journalist associated with the Daily Mail Dean Mwanga at Arcades while in the process of receiving bribes from Armcor officials.

The little details trickling in indicate that the two were trying to get bribes from Amcor security officials to stop running negative stories against the company.

Latest information indicate that only Kazoka has been detained since Wednesday.

Police sources say it was Mwaanga who was used to contact Kazoka and took him to the Armcor officials while telling the ACC officials where they are.

Mwaanga is likely going to be used as State witness.

The Anti-Corruption commission is likely to issue a statement on Monday.

Mwaanga (in black jacket below) was working for Daily Mail but was fired a few weeks ago for forging receipts. He was working with one of the editors but management decided to fire only Mwanga since the implicated editor is a political appointee and cannot be touched by management.

Kazoka has been living under threats from State House spokesperson George Chellah.

deanChellah has been phoning and telling Kazoka that he will soon deal with him.

Chellah accuses Kazoka of receiving money from Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba and others to run negative stories against some government officials.

Insiders say the arrest of Kazoka was engineered by Chellah most likely using Dean Mwaanga.

Chellah is at the time putting pressure on Radio Phoenix to disown Kazoka who has been with the Radio station for close to 12 years now.

George Chellah is not new to the dirty game of framing people. In 2006, he destroyed the political life of former former Zambezi East Member of Parliament Maxwell Mukwakwa.

That time Chellah was a reporter for the Post newspaper. He was in the habit of getting money from politicians for favourable coverage.  But one day when he was caught by his superiors, he lied that Mukwakwa wanted to bribe him. Mukwaka was arrested and his political life ended after one tearm in office. By the time he was cleared and acquitted by Magistrate Sharon Newa, it was too late.

In acquitting Mukwakwa, the court had established that Chellah had actually agreed to work with United Party for National Development (UPND) but did not explain this to his superiors.

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73 Responses to "Updated: George Chellah gets Radio Phoenix editor arrested under bribe trap"

  1. Jozi   January 14, 2013 at 17:45

    All that hs hapnd has nothng 2 do wit chellas bakground. He z jst doing hs job like every1 else. If u got proof he z involvd in coruption, then present facts

  2. Chaz wa Chaz   January 14, 2013 at 14:06

    When sweeping Zambia of corruption has started every corner of the house must be swept. Leave Chellah alone.

  3. hamududu   January 14, 2013 at 10:10

    awe sure, someone is arrested for corrupt practises chela is to blame, leave the young talented man, hez just among a few fortunate young zambians

  4. MUCHAHA   January 14, 2013 at 08:37





  5. Komakoma   January 14, 2013 at 06:52

    Bushe this madness of blocking comments ikapwa lisa?

  6. Komakoma   January 14, 2013 at 06:47

    Botom line is that Billy K is corrupt like all of us, Chellah or no Chellah. Why did he receive the money from those guards?

  7. DIASPORA   January 14, 2013 at 06:35


  8. Vuvuzela   January 14, 2013 at 03:47

    Is it Chela or Chellah abemba ufontini.

  9. mushumfwa   January 14, 2013 at 03:03

    the change we wanted

  10. sweetie   January 14, 2013 at 02:19

    But why is Chellah behaving like this, why can’t he just enjoy his job and not persecute people

  11. Wonderer   January 13, 2013 at 22:56

    What I don’t get is how is this corruption. An independent non state owned and funded media house can ran it’s affairs any way they want. Reporters certainly have the right to have an agenda and cover stories any way they want. So for any one to pay them to lobby their position should not be a crime. Now if those that own these media outlets do not want such practices they can take what ever actions they deem fit to discipline their employees. The government pays journalists all the time. They have an entire ministry, we call it the ministry of information and broadcasting.The main job among many of this ministry is to advance the government agenda and communicate it’s position to the masses. So deal with it people we can not arrest people for getting paid to put out independent coverage and views on issues. Its called lobbying and is a healthy part of democracy. It’s up to the people to judge what to and what not to believe. Freedom of the press includes freedom to lie or twist facts to suite ones agenda and those that pay them. As long as one does not commit slander and misrepresent facts to the detriment and danger of welfare of others.The Police should not be used as personal protectors for only those in power but ensure the protection of all.

  12. Confucius   January 13, 2013 at 22:34

    The n***se is tightening! Your days are numbered and this is cheap desperation! Another fabrication of lies against George! Woof! Woof!

  13. Confucius   January 13, 2013 at 22:32

    Another fabrication

  14. bashi dr economist   January 13, 2013 at 22:14

    do you know that george chellah’ s father is a bus driver at cr buses . so do not expect anything good from such aboy, the upbringing matters alot in life.

    • Geroge chelas uncle   January 13, 2013 at 22:49

      Awe iwe chikalaa wilabepa peter mapaundi is not geroge chelas father why do you like sensaltionalising

    • Dr. Savimbi   January 14, 2013 at 00:02

      Having a bus driver father is no excuse for being uncouth. Even those whose fathers are sangomas received some parental tutorials on honesty and respect for fellow humans. This Chellar guy needs prayers, not to be laughed at.

      I suggest his hard working father should be left out of this. His being a bus driver is testimony of hoe hard working and genuine he is. At least he earns legitimate money, his work does not deprive any Zambian of his/her share of the national cake. He is a hero and i guess he did all he could to teach Chellar guy all manners but Chellar enjoys some rights as a separate human being to be himself… not to be his father. So, let’s keep the 2 personalities apart.

      • Bus   January 14, 2013 at 03:35

        True.But chellah shud be caged.

    • Eya eee!   January 14, 2013 at 06:52

      Iwe mudala naiwe – who told you that bus driver fathers don’t bring up children in a right way? Leave the father out of this. You are being pathetically mean.

  15. The Great Hunter   January 13, 2013 at 22:00

    Watch out, you never receive money for doing nothing. Dean must be a desperate boy. Please media houses you do not need a guy like him

  16. Sata's dog selling son Mulenga Sata.   January 13, 2013 at 19:28

    George Chella can not think of tomorrow because his a YOBALI.

    He is just like a caterpillar which eats and passout at the same time.This boy stinks and needs to be urinated in his mouth !!!!!

  17. papaya   January 13, 2013 at 19:16

    Where did kzoka get that picture from ? Is it in zambia, a big no , i dont know of suc a place with nice mountaneous view, it must be in SA.

    • Django   January 13, 2013 at 19:32

      What is your point iwe fontini who thinks everything should be within your frame of things! Who are you to even ask someone where he had the picture from? Why should they explain to you? How is it your concern where the mountains are? You sound like one of those xenophobic A holes who only think shallowly. What is your point?

    • suggestor   January 13, 2013 at 19:55


    • Zambian Namayo   January 13, 2013 at 21:53

      For your info we have beautiful mountains in Zambia. I once live close to the Muchinga Escarpment and I had a foggy view of the mountain top each morning. I didn’t know how beautiful that was then until I came to Washington DC.All I see is a concrete jungle.Now I miss that mountain view.

    • Komakoma   January 14, 2013 at 06:39

      RSA indeed in a ZAVOSOFA attire

  18. andy   January 13, 2013 at 18:52

    go ahead and register your sim cards and chella will have u arrested. even Lubinda, it was a simple phone call and winter trapped him nicely. sim card reg is a good tool to eliminate your opponents if you are in govt

  19. MALOZA   January 13, 2013 at 18:20


    • LOGIC   January 13, 2013 at 21:17

      Bamubejekezya buyo basokwe aaba!

  20. phill   January 13, 2013 at 17:27

    Chella should b told dat he is nt the first or last 2 b in dat position & 2016 is jst around the corner!the bow wil cry foul play runing around lyk dickson jere!

    • Zamia   January 13, 2013 at 18:53

      Iwe, you can compare Dickson Jere and George Chella, Dickson is a lawyer and businessman in South Africa while Chella is just a small boy! Chellah has no house while Jere had a beautiful house in kalundu long before he went into state house

      • Chanda   January 13, 2013 at 21:41

        True, Dickson Jere was not a just an boy from the street like Chella. Remember he was MISA president in Zambia and also deputy MISA chairman a the region, he was appointed as CRC commissioner y levy mwanawasa long before RB came on the scene! He has a degree and masters which Chella doesn’t have! Also Jere when he left post h worked for Reuters, BBC AND AFP, big international press! Lets be objective when making comments, I don’t think Jere is on his cheap group of Chella, he is doing fine even aft state houe. Chellah will suffer with his diploma diploma he got with leakages

  21. Howling Wofl   January 13, 2013 at 17:26

    Poor young men! Trapped because of PF elevated poverty. But of course we know that the real truth is that this is a crackdown on non-PF media people. Watch out guys. This is only the beginning of our Dictator’s dream.

  22. Gbm   January 13, 2013 at 17:19

    I too smell a rat on the death of the innocent girl. On a different not, can church mother bodies solve the problems between the two churches brethrem in christ and pilgrim over choma sec sch.

  23. Movement of Multi-Doctors   January 13, 2013 at 17:09

    Kazoka played his game carelessly and I don’t support corruption of any nature including this one. I rest my case!!!

  24. pinnochio   January 13, 2013 at 17:07

    mr george chella.. you are still young for such. 2016 is just around the corner. What will become of you after that. some things you just overlook. they didnt receive bribe physically. i hope your lawywer is bright enough.

  25. kayula   January 13, 2013 at 16:55

    Defending what can not be defended.

  26. wat rubbish   January 13, 2013 at 16:36

    please Zambian police my foot don’t know nothing, they cant even think on there own dull pf government has to think for them so whoever says there are working is as dull as the same cops styopet

  27. maureen   January 13, 2013 at 16:13

    Takanyani!there is too much corruption under yo nose and all u do is pretend like u are fighting it,u want to gon’ga who?

  28. zambian patriot   January 13, 2013 at 15:54

    black bull: read the paragraph “Insiders say the arrest of Kazoka was engineered by Chellah most likely using Dean Mwaanga.”

  29. senior monk police   January 13, 2013 at 15:34

    so GRZ has started phone tapping

    • cynic   January 13, 2013 at 21:18

      Hell no started? It never stopped since the time of the old fool mushunfwa!

  30. Semuel   January 13, 2013 at 15:33

    This all behind NRC registration towards you cell numbers. You wanted it and no privacy any longer.

  31. amatako   January 13, 2013 at 15:28

    Billy, too bad bro. U have been trapped by Dean. Dean can do anything for money. I fucked his girl in solwezi when he was senior reporter.Dean likes money.Another friend fucked one of his chics on the same bed Dean and the dude shared.Dean is broke and irresponsible.Ask me how he messed up at the zadama bureau in solweziHe left too much credit and is wanted by police in North west.Billy is humble and cool.He was my clasmate at hone. He cant kill a fly.Ba chella. we used to get these money together from ba politician in lusaka, what has happened. dont forget, you are also a product of graft. do you remember when u were almost arrested for eating money from the upnd before u went to Zimbabwe?

  32. silu ni silu   January 13, 2013 at 15:18

    and very handsome.

    • tonto   January 13, 2013 at 15:59

      In your eyes he is handsome

  33. Muunga a matwi abacizakala   January 13, 2013 at 15:17

    If it is true Kazoka and Mwaanga must face the music,sting operations are common even in america.We dont want corrupt Tongamen,they tarnish our image.

    • sitongwani   January 13, 2013 at 16:15

      As if you are tonga, so you want corrupt bemba men instead

  34. silu ni silu   January 13, 2013 at 15:17

    one word. ‘mockery’.

  35. bullu muchende   January 13, 2013 at 15:16

    ka george very stupid and exited boy.you think you are at mukuba secondary school.waba ilyobe

  36. Kenny   January 13, 2013 at 14:41

    Sad story, everyone knows about this story and I don’t understand why the media have blacked it out! Chellah has been threatening billy since last year accusing him of fighting sata and siding with GBM and Lubinda! This is the case of abuse of state house powers by the youngman in a fight against his former senior s at everlyn hone college!

  37. HiLZ   January 13, 2013 at 14:39

    Its a crazy world we are in.

  38. BembaMAN   January 13, 2013 at 14:34


    • tonto   January 13, 2013 at 16:07

      Don’t be glad coz their mothers are from mpika

  39. valley ps   January 13, 2013 at 14:30

    George Chellah, a journalist fighting his fellow journalist. Paul Shala careful mwaiche.

  40. linyunga nebor   January 13, 2013 at 14:28

    poor kazoka So now state hse pro has no job to start hunting on poor journalist like kazoka
    Goerge chella, remember statehs isnt a personal hse, u will soon leave it think of what will become of u

  41. Kalaba   January 13, 2013 at 14:24

    How do you get these intricate details bakabwalala imwe. I really fear you

  42. Citizen   January 13, 2013 at 14:16

    Thanks ZWD, here is another Dickson Jere. see how Chellah is getting involved in politics like he is a politician, he is a civil servant bane. This was not corruption. It was simply a trap that Radio Phoenix walked into using that firmed of his from Daily Mail. State House always does things like this. So, those with the appetitive to make quick bucks may fall prey. And I can assure you, the rural will be quick, bail will be difficult and expensive as this will now be a battle between GBM and Wynter, using the grass that has now been caged. sole William.

  43. BembaMAN   January 13, 2013 at 14:16

    Tongas are crooks ka? All the arrested chaps are Tongas from southern Province

    • Kayombo   January 13, 2013 at 14:26

      You are very foolish, why do you always think tribal?

    • Wanzelu   January 13, 2013 at 14:35

      There are crooks in every tribe!

    • Black Bull.   January 13, 2013 at 14:41

      Even a white sheep can give birth to a spotted lamb,think my friend.Back to the topic,how does Chella come in if at all the chaps wanted to receive bribes from Armcor?Does Armcor belong to Chella or vice vesa?You are confusing me with your head line which does not match with the scanty details that you have given.If Chella is not in good books with Kazoka does it mean that any misfortune that he(Kazoka) suffers it is Chella fighting him?

      • Citizen   January 13, 2013 at 14:48

        You are actually asking us to tell you whether a dog is in clothes or not. Think, know how power is abused and used, know the knots and connections, REASON as an adult. It’s coz u hv never known the world issues. You ae a kid.

    • tonto   January 13, 2013 at 16:12

      There names sounds and from southern but they grew up in bembaland and that shows their behaviour.

    • sitongwani   January 13, 2013 at 16:18

      you useless and ignorant. the problem is you enjoy fishing than going to school.

  44. Shi Mapuli   January 13, 2013 at 14:16

    I’m waiting for details before commenting.

  45. nshilimubemba   January 13, 2013 at 13:59

    Atleast the police are working please police keep it up corruption has destroyed african economies any welbeing citzen of zambia will support your work

    • Citizen   January 13, 2013 at 14:51

      lol, police working…? My foot. How can police detect where corruption is taking place unless they had prior tip, from where, God knows. Otherwise, if our police was that good, they could have prevented the spreading murders and Nawakwis dots Tambu could hv been alive.

      • mwanamwene   January 13, 2013 at 15:24

        You are spot on. this is politically engineered. Unless GBM and Kabimba are probed by ACC, I will NOT have confidence in the current government. NEVER!!!

        • Ulemona   January 13, 2013 at 15:53

          wellllll – selective justice its called…

      • tonto   January 13, 2013 at 16:20

        How come the police arrestd the culprit before the parents knew she was murderd.I smell a rat I hope they didn’t use this girl as a ransom to woe the public that they are right on the ground working hard. (Mhsrip) and God console the bereaved family

        • Safelina   January 14, 2013 at 17:55

          Are you serious? Some of you people….how do you come up with such nonsensical thoughts and have the courage to slap them on a public forum? So, a child is killed and parents should be the first to know? Really? What a wasted brain! Baonawile fye amatebela iwe.

    • sitongwani   January 13, 2013 at 16:23

      I can never be a police officer because am a free thinker. Working in doing wrong things? You think like a police officer.