In the past one week, Chellah has threatened police officers and bribed journalists while claiming to be sent by president Lungu.
Chellah is working with presidential legal advisor Sukwana Lukangaba to use Mr Lungu’s name but for the benefit of Eric Silwamba. Chellah is a relative and former defendant of Silwamba. Sukwana Lukangaba is a former worker of Eric Silwamba. Both Chellah and Sukwana Lukangaba bear allegiance and loyalty to Silwamba.
At the height of the bribery, Sukwana Lukangaba received $70, 000 to use State House influence during the court process.
According to police sources, Chellah has been phoning and telling police officers that they should not investigate the matter in which Eric Silwamba and company bribed judges to trash a High Court judgment that ordered Stanbic to pay Savenda K192 million for negligence.
One of the senior police officers Chellah has been having regular meetings with on this case is Lusaka District Inspector L D Chinyingi. We understand Chellah has also met with ACC an DEC officers on behalf of Silwamba and Sukwana Lukangaba.
Chellah has also paid all court reporters to stop writing any articles involving Stanbic Bank and Savenda. One of the reporters who was paid by Chellah told the Watchdog that Chellah is ‘giving tu ma K1500, to all court reporters while telling them that he has been sent by president Lungu’.
This is in the ongoing scandal where Stanbic bribed Court of Appeal and Supreme Court judges to set aside a judgment that ordered Stanbic to compensate Savenda management K192 million for negligently and maliciously listing it as a bad debtor.
In this case of Savenda v Stanbic, the High Court ordered Stanbic to compensate Savenda K192m for loss of contracts after Stanbic negligently and maliciously reported Savenda to the credit Reference Bureau. But the Supreme Court trashed the High court Judgement and instead ordered Savenda to pay costs from the time the case started, generating public outcry and suspicion that the Supreme Court has been bribed. The bill which Silwamba wants Savenda to pay the Bank is K10 million.
Savenda Management Services had entered into a lease buy-back facility for a US$540,000 to buy a printing machine. It was agreed that Savenda would be making Monthly repayments by debit order from one of the company’s bank accounts. But, due to a faulty in the system of Stanbic Bank, Savenda’s instructions on the debit order were sent to the wrong account within Stanbic. Stanbic wrote to Savenda explaining the problem and saying it had been sorted out. But during this same period and amid this confusion, Stanbic decided to report Savenda to the Credit Reference bureau (CRB) as a bad debtor.