The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has downplayed sentiments that it is gradually losing focus in the case involving former Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Dr. George Chaponda by returning some of his money.
Speaking to YFM online, Director General of ACB, Reyneck Matemba said that: “The only money that has been restored to Dr Chaponda is the one that has been proved after investigations not to be part of his criminal case.”
“Of K124 million, we have restored K29 million and other foreign currency that forms no part in his criminal case after our investigation and we decided it is not right for ACB to keep the money,” he said.
Matemba further said: “Our role is to bring justice, we dragged Dr Chaponda to court because we did investigate the story and we have evidence.”
“Those who can say we are losing focus on the case, do not follow the case in the court, out of K124 million we restored Dr Chaponda a sum of K29 million and remained with K95 million and other foreign currency which we strongly believe is evidence connected to his criminal case,” he said
Last year ACB confiscated a sum of K124 million kwacha, cellphones, laptops and other properties from Dr. Chaponda on suspicion that it was corruptly obtained.