Former deputy Agriculture minister Rodgers Mwewa and his wife, Anna Mwitwa Mwewa, a former permanent secretary in charge of administration at Cabinet Office, have been arrested for alleged abuse of authority and other related offences.
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) public relations manager Timothy Moono confirmed this in a statement issued yesterday in Lusaka.
He said both Mr. Mwewa and his wife were arrested yesterday and have been released on bond and would appear in court soon.
Mr. Moono said Mr. Mwewa was facing one count of abuse of authority of office while his wife Anna is facing seven counts of abuse of authority of office.
“The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested Mwansabombwe Member of Parliament (MP) Rodgers Mwewa and his wife Anne Mwitwa for abuse of authority of office. Mwewa, 43, and Mwitwa, 35, both of House No. 4061 Musengele, road Sunningdale, were arrested today (yesterday) and Mwewa has been charged with one count of abuse of authority of office, while Mwitwa has been charged with seven counts of abuse of authority of office contrary to the Laws of Zambia,” said Mr. Moono .
He explained that details in the first count were that Mr. Mwewa, on diverse dates but between 14th April 2012 and 31st August 2013 in Kawambwa, Luapula Province, being a Member of Parliament for Mwansabombwe Constituency and or councillor by virtue of being a member of the Constituency Development Committee for the constituency, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of his office when he imposed the purchase of a Toyota Hiace Van which was converted into an ambulance, using Constituency Development Funds.
He said Mr. Mwewa subsequently influenced the decision of the Tender Committee of the Kawambwa District Council to award the contract for the said minibus to his brother Thomson Mwewa at the cost of K 220, 000 an act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the Government and the people of Mwansabombwe.
On Mrs Mwewa, Mr. Moono said she was facing seven counts of abuse of office.