Former Zambia Railways chief executive officer Professor Clive Chirwa was yesterday found with a case to answer by a Lusaka Magistrates Court on charges of failing to disclose interest and abuse of authority of office and has since been put on his defence.
Principal Resident Magistrate Obster Musukwa said that the prosecution had established a prima facie case against Prof Chirwa and his co-accused Regina Mwale, the former finance director.
Magistrate Musukwa further said he was satisfied with the submissions and evidence from the witnesses who testified in the matter to put Chirwa and Mwale on their defence
Defence lawyers told the court that Prof Chirwa and Mwale would give their evidence on oath and would call two witnesses in their defence.
This is in a matter in which Chirwa, 58, of plot 206/101 Ibex Hill in Lusaka, and Regina Mwale, 50, of 5 Chavuma Road, Highridge in Kabwe, are charged with corruption and abuse of authority.
Chirwa is charged in the first count with failure to declare interest contrary to section 28 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Act number 3 of 2012 when he allowed his Clavel Incorporation Limited to bid for contract in the railway company.
It is alleged that Chirwa on dates unknown but between November 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 in Lusaka, being a public officer, as CEO of Zambia Railways Limited, did recommend at the Zambia Railways board meeting that Clavel Incorporation Limited, a company in which he is an officer and shareholder, be given a contract to train employees of the railway company without disclosing his interest.
In count two, Chirwa and Mwale are charged with abuse of authority of office contrary to section 21 (1) a of the ACC Act number 3 of 2012.