TIZ WELCOMES THE ARREST OF DR CHILUFYA
Written by newsroom on June 25, 2020
BY CHRISTOPHER MBONGE
Transparency International Zambia (TI-Z)has welcomed the decision by the Anti Corruption Commission (A CC) to arrest Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya.
TIZ Chapter president Reuben Lifuka is hopeful that the necessary ground work has been done and there is a good basis to pursue the course of action.
“We do recognize henceforth that Hon Chilufya now has an opportunity to mount his defence before the courts of law and seek to clear his name.This decision , like many others in the past, should be in the furtherance of the ideals of entrenching transparency and accountability in the discharge of public service.” said Mr Lifuka.
Mr Lifuka said TIZ would continue to prod the ACC to continue to discharge its duties without fear or favour and to focus only on serving national interests and nothing else.
He mentioned that in order to ensure that the prosecution and conduct of the matter was above board, TIZ is calling on President Edgar Lungu to consider relieving the Minister of Health of his duties and allow him first and foremost, to focus on his defence and secondly, to insulate his own government from unfortunate distractions which the case may present if the said Minister remains in his office.
He said TIZ would not agree that President Lungu should limit himself to doing only what was legally provided for when making such a decision, but he should also do what was morally right.
He observed that President Lungu had to strike a balance and ensure that the ACC would do its job as independently as possible, while protecting the presumption of innocence of Hon Chilufya.
Meanwhile TIZ has demanded that the Minister should step aside, saying it was not to prejudge him,but to protect the integrity of the investigative process.
And TI-Z, has revealed that it would follow the case with keen interest and hoped that the ACC would be allowed to prosecute the case to its full conclusion.
Yesterday,the Anti-Corruption Commission ACC announced the arrest of Minister of Health Dr Chitalu Chilufya.
ACC Corporate Affairs officer Jonathan Siame confirmed the development at a press briefing in Lusaka.
Dr. Chilufya was arrested and charged with four counts of possession of property reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 sub section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.
Dr.Chilufya has since been released on bond in his own recognizance and is expected to appear before the Lusaka Magistrate’s Court on 9th July 2020.