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DEC ON CHIMESE PROPERTY TRAIL

THE DEC has spread its investigations into former Zambia Air Force commander Lt Gen Eric Chimese to Livingstone where its officers searched his close associate Mwansa Mulenga premises.

The DEC recently arrested Lt Gen Chimese for various corruption-related offences.

Lt Gen Chimese was arrested along with Chita Lodges director James Chungu.

The DEC also seized 13 fully furnished houses, one semi-detached house and a gym, all within Lusaka.

Lt Gen Chimese and Chungu were charged with wilful giving of false information, abuse of office and possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

But a DEC official who is not authorised to issue press statements said the commission raided the residence of Mulenga, a prominent Livingstone businessman and a former ZRA official.

“Our officers assisted with heavily armed policemen did search the residence and workplace for Mr Mwansa who owns a well-known drinking place called Bee Hive. The search is in connection with the arrest of Lt Gen Chimense. The raid took over 5 hours and in the process some files and computers were seized. No arrest has been made as at yet but we have informed him that he needs to try and be in town at all times. It is believed that the properties that he (Mulenga) is said to own belong to Chimese,” the source said.

The official said Mulenga was regarded as a very close ally of Lt Gen Chimense and also former justice minister Ngosa Simbyakula.

Efforts to get a comment from Mulenga failed as his cell phones have been confiscated by the DEC.

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