Zambia’s Health Minister denies corruption charges in court

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has been charged with corruption charges but the Minister denies all the four charges of corruption being levelled against him.

Zambia’s Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya in a Lusaka Magistrates’ court said, “I understand the charges and I plead not guilty.”

Chitalu Chilufya, the 47-year-old doctor and politician, was detained last month and then freed on bail by the police.

An investigation by Zambia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) led to the allegation and his arrest. At the time of his arrest, ACC Spokesperson Jonathan Siame said, that he is accused of “being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime”.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) said it noticed last month that Chilufya had suddenly amassed a fortune and has several properties including shares in a travel company and a boat.

Till date, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has had little success in prosecuting people in senior government positions. In 2019, Ronald Chitotela, who was then Housing Minister, was arrested but continued to serve in government and was cleared of the charges.

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