Written by newsroom on July 11, 2019
By Clinton Masumba in Kitwe
The Lusaka Magistrate Court has acquitted Minister of Housing and Infrastructure Development Ronald Chitotela on three counts of concealing property suspected to be proceeds of crime.
This in a matter in which Mr Chitotela was jointly charged with three others for allegedly concealing property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Particulars of the offence were that, in the first count, it was alleged that Mr Chitotela, Gregory Chibanga and Brut Holdings Limited, between July 3, 2016 and October 30, 2018 in Lusaka, concealed plot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Makeni disguised in the names of Diris Mukange, property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.
In the second count, the trio, between the same dates, was accused of concealing part of subdivision A lot 22183/M situated in Ibex Hill, Lusaka, disguised in the name of Diris Mukange, property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
In the third count, Mukange between the same dates jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown people possessed lot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Makeni in Lusaka, property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.
When the matter came up for ruling, Lusaka Magistrate David Simusamba acquitted the Pambashe Member of Parliament on the three charges.
In February this year, the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) arrested Mr Chitotela and charged him with three counts of concealing property believed to be proceeds of crime.