Task Force interrogates captain Austin Chewe

Lusaka business executive Austin Chewe yesterday appeared before the Joint Government Investigations Team in connection with the on-going probe into operations of his firm, Aupie Limited

Captain Chewe appeared at the former Taskforce on Corruption offices in Woodlands where he was questioned for about two hours.

After being questioned, Capt Chewe declined to be interviewed by the waiting journalists as he strolled straight to a waiting Mercedes Benz motor vehicle before being whisked away.

He was accompanied by some sympathisers who guided and shielded him from the foot of the building right to the waiting vehicle.

The former Kabwe Central Member of Parliament (MP) who wore a navy blue shirt and matching deep blue trousers looked calm as he was led to his car.

Soon after his car drove off, members of his entourage also got into their vehicles and followed him, forming a convoy of no fewer than six cars.

His lawyer who refused to identify himself also refused to be interviewed.

Acting Joint Government Investigations Team public relations officer, Christopher Chibanku later said in a statement that Captain Chewe appeared in connection with the on-going investigations on his company, Aupie Limited.

“I can confirm that Capt Austin Chewe has been to our office today for on-going investigations concerning his firm. A detailed statement on the inquiry will be issued at an appropriate time,” Mr Chibanku said.

The investigation team last Friday searched Capt Chewe’s company and his house on suspicion of fraud, an allegation he denied.

His firm is involved in hire purchase of goods with public service workers, some of whom reportedly had their salaries ‘overdeducted.’

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