FOUR TOP CIVIL SERVANTS DENY ABUSE OF OFFICES

FORMER deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications and three others, accused of abusing the authority of their offices when they allegedly awarded a project management services contract of a runway at Kasaba Bay Airport to N’gandu Consulting Limited without following  tender procedures, have denied the charge.

Former deputy PS Florence Chawela; Patrick Mulimbika, a chief airworthiness engineer; Adam Daka, a chief aerodromes officer; and Chitalu  Kabalika, director of the Department of Civil Aviation, denied the charge in the Lusaka Magistrates Court.

The quartet told Magistrate Jennifer Bwalya that they understood the charge leveled against them but denied committing the offence.

Chawela and Mulimbika as deputy PS and chief airworthiness engineer are facing one charge of abuse of authority of Office.

The duo are alleged to have on December 31, 2009, jointly and while acting together with other persons unknown, allegedly abused their authority of office by awarding a project management services contract of a runway at Kasaba Bay airport to N’gandu Consulting Limited without following tender procedures, an act that was prejudicial to the interests of the Government of Zambia.

In count two Daka, as a chief aerodromes officer, is facing a charge of abuse of authority of Office.

He is alleged to have on unknown dates but between August 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013 abused his authority of office by signing a variation Order no.2 for the project management services contract between Ministry of Transport and Communications and N’gandu Consulting Limited without following the procurement procedures, an act which is arbitrary and prejudicial to the rights and interests of the Government.

In count three, Kabalika as director of the Department of Civil Aviation, is facing a  charge of abuse of authority of office. Kabalika is alleged to have on August 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010, abused his authority of office by signing a variation Order no.1 for the project management services contract between Ministry of Transport and Communications and N’gandu Consulting Limited without following the procurement procedures, an act which is arbitrary and prejudicial to the rights and interests of the Government. The matter comes up on March 31 for commencement of trial

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