DEC arrest, charge, release Amos on bond

THE Drug Enforcement Commission yesterday arrested Amos Chanda, the former press aide to President Edgar Lungu, five months after he resigned his position.

He becomes the second presidential press aide to be arrested after Richard Sakala who served under Fredrick Chiluba.

Although by press time, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) was reluctant to reveal the details of Chanda’s arrest, it is believed that he was charged with corrupt practices by a public officer and receiving property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

After waiting for over three hours, DEC spokesperson Theresa Katongo surprising shunned calls from journalists who were waiting in the visitor’s room for her update.

She ignored several calls made to her until she sent her assistant Delight Haangala, who unfortunately came to face the media empty handed.

“Ladies and gentlemen, Madam Katongo is in a meeting conducting interviews, so give me your details so that we can send a statement to you later,” Haangala said.

The media were earlier faced with another hurdle capturing Chanda on cameras as the commission helped him sneak out of the offices.

Chanda was sneaked out of DEC offices in a tinted Toyota Hilux using the back door to elude journalists.

Chanda resigned from his position last June after serving as press aide from 2015 when President Lungu won a special election following the death of Michael Sata in 2014.

Chanda on Wednesday kept DEC waiting as he was upset that the commission alerted the media about his callout for interrogations.

PF cadres were on to give Chanda solidarity.

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