CHITOTELA TAKES PLEA TODAY

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Infrastructure Minister Ronald Chitotela who is charged with two counts of corruption is today expected to appear in the Lusaka Magistrate Court so that he takes plea on whether he is guilty or not.

Mr Chitotela is facing two charges of having property which is reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime.

In the first count, between 1st of July 2016 and 30th October 2018, Mr Chitotela is alleged to have concealed plot number 148 of farm 50A situated in Lusaka’s, Makeni.

Mr Chitotela is alleged to have disguised property in the name of Diris Mukange.

In the second count, Chitotela allegedly concealed Subdivision A of plot 22183/M situated in Ibex Hill Lusaka.

Mr Chitotela’s appearance in court comes in the midst of certain quarters calling for dismissal although the law is silent on whether the President can dismiss an accused minister.

On his part, President Edgar Lungu has said he will keep Mr Chitotela as minister until the Anti-Corruption Commission proves the allegations.

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