Opposition MMD president Nevers Mumba Wednesday morning appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to all the four charges slapped on him .
Dr Mumba was locked up at Woodlands Police Station in Lusaka overnight.
He was granted bail for KR 30,000 (K30 million).
Joint government investigations team public relations officer Namukolo Munyeme yesterday said Dr Mumba was arrested for willful failure to comply with applicable procedure relating to the management of public funds contrary to Section 33 (2b) of the repealed Anti Corruption Act No. 38 of 2010.
Dr Mumba was also charged with three counts of abuse of authority of office contrary to section 99 (1) of the Penal code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Munyeme said Mumba, on dates unknown but between June 1, and December 31, 2011at the High Commission in Canada being a person whose functions concerned the use of public revenue, willfully failed to comply with the laid down proceedures in receiving and disbursing of Canadian dollars 122, 229, 85, a donations to the Zambian government by a private company called Barrick Gold Corporation.
“Furthermore, Between October 1, 2009 and December 31 2010, Mumba did abuse authority of his office by awarding contracts valued at CAD$19, 850 and CAD$ 5, 248 for electrical works, carpeting and construction for a deck at the Zambian Mission in Canada to three Canadian private companies called Restcon Construction services, Argos Carpet Ltd and Stamark Construction respectively without following laid down procedure,” she said.