Former minister Kabanshi arrested

Former minister Kabanshi arrested

 

FORMER Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Emerine Kabanshi has been arrested for alleged abuse of authority of office.

Ms Kabanshi has been arrested by the joint investigation team comprising the anti-money laundering unit of the Drug Enforcement Commission – DEC and the Anti-Corruption Commission- ACC.

The Drug Enforcement Commission has released the following statement.

PRESS STATEMENT

Lusaka, Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 – The Joint Investigations Team (JIT) comprising the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) of the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Honourable Emerine Kabanshi, for abuse of authority of office.

Ms. Emerine Kabanshi, 54, a politician residing at Plot 800, Kanakantapa area in Chongwe District, has been arrested for abuse of authority of office, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that Honourable Emerine Kabanshi, in her official capacity as Minister of Community Development and Social Services, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2017 and 21st August, 2017, in Lusaka did abuse her authority of office by unduly influencing the engagement of Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) as payment service provider under the Social Cash Transfer Programme, an act prejudicial to the interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and beneficiaries under the Social Cash Transfer Programme.

Additionally, Honourable Kabanshi, on dates unknown but between 21st August, 2017 and 26th April, 2018, in her official capacity as Minister of Community Development and Social Services did abuse her authority of office by directing the extension of the Zambia Postal Services Corporation scope of works under the Social Cash Transfer Programme to include areas which were not covered in the initial contract.

Further, having probable and justifiable cause to believe that the said contract was duly terminated by the Ministry, Honourable Emerine Kabanshi did abuse her authority of office by directing the rescission of the termination of the contract between Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, an act prejudicial to the interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and Beneficiaries under the said programme.

The suspect is on Police bond and will appear in court soon.

Theresa Katongo Public Relations Officer (Drug Enforcement Commission)

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    Chisha Banda 1 week ago

    More PF Ministers will be arrested simply because they are doing the works of Permanent Secretaries and other administrative staff. So what those whose jobs are being frustrated are simply collecting the data relating to mistakes committed by ignorant PF Ministers.

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    TOLILO 1 week ago

    @John & @james Bond007,Hold your peace brothers,there is a saying that “no one who steals from the poor lives to enjoy the rewards”,The day is omming!!

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    Very weak case 1 week ago

    I am not a lawyer but I can already see this as a very weak case especially that Zambia Postal Services was never privatized!!!

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    james Bond007 1 week ago

    What about Lusambo, when will he be arrested?

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    John 1 week ago

    When will ECL be arrested