Zambia Red Cross boss arrested on charges of stealing K1billion

Zambia Red Cross boss arrested on charges of stealing K1billion

The Drug Enforcement Commission has arrested the Secretary General and the Finance Manager of Zambia Red Cross Society for theft and money laundering offences involving over K1 billion.

DEC acting public relations officer Samuel Silomba disclosed that Charles Mushitu, 44, of plot No. 31326 Chalala in Lusaka and Sydney Chituta, 31, of plot No. 797 Chilenje in Lusaka have been arrested for theft by clerk or servant contrary to section 272 as read with 278 of the Penal Code Chapter 87, and for money laundering contrary to section 7 of Act 14 of 2001 of the Laws of Zambia.

Mr Silomba explains that it is alleged that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2008 and 31st December, 2011, the duo did steal a total of K1.4 billion, funds which came into their possession by virtue of their office as Secretary General and Finance Manager, respectively.

He says the stolen funds were meant for water and sanitation projects in Southern Province.

He adds that the two suspects are believed to have acquired property which includes houses, cars, and plots.

Mr Silomba says further, Mr Mushitu was found with an AK47 Rifle with 30 rounds of ammunition without authority, and he has since been charged with being in possession of an offensive weapon contrary to section 85 of Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

The two suspects have since been released on bond and will appear in court soon.

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