Former Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) General Secretary Charles Mushitu and Society Finance Manager Sydney Chituta have been arrested by the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) for allegedly money laundering offences involving over K200 million.
Mr. Mushitu 44 and Mr. Chituta 31, were jointly arrested and charged for theft by public servant and money laundering activities.
DEC Public Relations Officer Samuel Salomba confirmed the development in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.
Mr. Silomba further disclosed that the duo were early this year arrested by the Commission for similar offence involving K1.4 billion meant for water and sanitation projects in Southern province.
It is alleged that on unknown dates but between January 1, 2011, the duo in their respective capacities did steal K278,532,000 funded by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies meant for orphans and vulnerable children’s (OVCs) project in Kazungula and Sesheke districts in Southern and Western provinces.
The suspects will appear in court soon.