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ACC officer testifies in infamous 48 houses case

By LUCY PHIRI

AN investigations Officer at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has narrated in the Economic and Financial Crimes Court how a Tanzanian National engaged Charles Loyana and his wife Susan Sinkala, the alleged owner of the infamous 48 now (51) houses to invest in a real estate business on his behalf.

This is in a matter in which Loyana aged 51 and his wife Sinkala aged 46 of House Number 2728 off Shantumbu Road, Chalala in Lusaka are accused of concealing Property suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 Sub Section 1 of the Forfeiture of Proceeds of Crime Act No. 19 of 2010.

Loyana, a senior accountant at the Ministry of Finance and his wife Sinkala, an accountant at the Ministry of Works and Supply pleaded not guilty to two counts of corrupt practices involving concealment and possession of property suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Mr. Sweathen Lusaka yesterday testified that a Tanzanian National invested $35,000 in purchasing 22 plots.

“Sometime  last year around November 6, 2021 Mr. Kabwe came to our offices and was claiming the said 22 properties on behalf of Tanzanian Bashire in the letter Mr.Kabwe claimed he had been returned by Bashire and he was asked to claim the properties that had been advertised for forfeiture,’’ he said.

He said Mr. Bashire stated that he has invested 182 thousand dollars in developing these properties and 35,000 dollars in purchasing the plots.

Mr Lusaka further told Lusaka magistrate Faides Hamaundu that the salaries, loans and the money that the Tanzanian National gave Charles and his wife was not matching with the amount of purchasing and constructing of the 51 houses.

The court adjourned the matter  to December 12, 2022 for cross examination.

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