NDC urges Lungu to send his senior aide Dr Miti on leave

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The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged President Edgar Lungu to consider sending his Principal Private Secretary Simon Miti on forced leave to pave way for corruption investigations.

On Wednesday August 1, Principal Resident Magistrate Exnobert Zulu said it was not too late to arrest Dr Miti and present him before court to also answer to corruption-related charges.

Magistrate Zulu said this after convicting former Ministry of Health chief human resources officer Henry Kapoko and four others for stealing K6.8 million when they were employees of the Ministry of Health at the time Dr Miti was permanent secretary.

He said said Dr Miti should answer to corruption charges because he was aware of what was transpiring in the Ministry and was likely an accomplice.

Commenting on Magistrate Zulu’s remarks, NDC secretary general Mwenya Musenge says his party has no doubt that Dr Miti was an accomplice to Kapoko’s crimes.

“As NDC, we strongly believe Dr. Miti is directly involved in the Henry Kapoko illicit activities at the Ministry of Health,” Musenge said today.

“Dr. Miti served as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health when over K6.8 million was stolen by Kapoko and his associates.”

Musenge said sending Dr. Miti on forced leave will give law enforcement agencies time to probe the State House aide.

“Magistrate Exnorbit Zulu who handled the Kapoko case has raised serious concerns on why Dr. Miti was left out of the case.

“Dr. Miti was controlling officer at the Ministry of Health and knew what was happening when Kapoko was stealing public funds.”

“It is puzzling that all the dubious activities by Kapoko and his associates eluded the attention of Dr. Miti,” said Musenge.

He is adamant that Dr Miti is directly involved in the Kapoko saga.

“He knows exactly what was happening when Kapoko was abusing his office.

“Dr. Miti should be allowed to face investigative agencies so that his name is cleared.”

Musenge welcomes the conviction and 18 year jail sentence slapped on Kapoko and his associates and hopes it will send a strong warning to all public service officers.

Meanwhile, Musenge has urged the Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) to probe Zambia Air force Commander Eric Chimese who has been sent on forced leave.

“We have information that General Chimese was involved in a number of dubious corruption scandals at ZAF.

“We therefore, urge President Lungu to forthwith dismiss Chimese so that his grand corruption activities at ZAF can be probed.”


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