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ACC arrests Kabanshi for abuse of authority

THE Joint Investigations Team comprising the Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit (AMLIU) of the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested former community development minister Emerine Kabanshi for abuse of authority of office.

According to a statement, Kabanshi, 54 a politician residing at Plot 800, Kanakantapa area in Chongwe district, has been arrested for abuse of authority of office, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

It stated that particulars of the offence were that Kabanshi, in her official capacity as Minister of Community Development and Social Services, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, on dates unknown but between January 1, 2017 and August 21, 2017, in Lusaka abused her authority of office by unduly influencing the engagement of Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) as payment service provider under the Social Cash Transfer programme, an act prejudicial to the interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and beneficiaries under the Social Cash Transfer programme.

The joint wings stated that Kabanshi, on dates unknown but between August 21, 2017 and April 26, 2018 abused her authority of office by directing the extension of the ZAMPOST scope of works under the Social Cash Transfer programme to include areas which were not covered in the initial contract.

“Further, having probable and justifiable cause to believe that the said contract was duly terminated by the Ministry, Honourable Emerine Kabanshi did abuse her authority of office by directing the rescission of the termination of the contract between Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services, an act prejudicial to the interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia and beneficiaries under the said programme,” it said.

It stated the suspect is on police bond and will appear in court soon.

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