ACC OFFICERS CAUGHT LYING IN CHILUFYA CASE
An attempt by Anti-Corruption Commission prosecutors to lie so that they can secure an adjournment in the corruption case of Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya backfired before the Lusaka Magistrates Court today.
When the matter came up for commencement of trial before Magistrate Lameck Mwale, the State applied that the ACC was not ready because the commission operations were grounded because two officers were infected with coronavirus.
The State also said the ACC offices were shut down for fumigation which was underway.
However Chilufya’s lawyer Tutwa Ngulube advised the State to discharge his client if they are not ready to proceed.
He argued that the prosecution had four other lawyers who could proceed with the case.
Mr Ngulube also said the Health Minister was arrested from the Kabulonga ACC offices in Lusaka and not the Lusaka Headquarters.
Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck Mwale however granted the State a day’s adjournment because the exhibits attached to the affidavit of notice to adjourn revealed that investigative officers at ACC offices were working contrary to the State’s submissions.
Matter comes up for commencement of trial tomorrow.