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Former state house permanent secretary, Chilubanama arrested for money laundering


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested former State House Permanent Secretary, Emmanuel Chilubanama, for money laundering-related offences.

DEC Public Relations Officer, Mwenge Mulenga, said Chilubanama, aged 52, had been arrested for offences involving the theft of a motor vehicle.

Mulenga said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday.

He stated that Chilubanama, while acting together with other persons unknown, on dates unknown but between July, 1, 2016 and December, 31, 2021 in Lusaka did obtain a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado GRZ 764 CL without lawful authority.

“The suspect further committed money laundering offences by concealing the true nature and ownership of the proceeds of the sale of the said motor vehicle,” Mulenga said.

He stated that this was contrary to section 7 of Act Number 14 of 2001 as read with amendment Act Number 44 of 2010.

Mulenga added that Chilubanama’s arrest comes after a succession of comparable investigations undertaken by the Commission.

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“This was focusing on the misappropriation of public resources in violation of Section 7 of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act of the laws of Zambian,” he said.

Mulenga stated that the suspect was in lawful police custody and would be granted bond upon meeting all the necessary conditions while pending court appearances.

He assured that the Commission remained dedicated to guaranteeing a transparent process for recovering resources and assets, aiming to benefit the people of Zambia.

“It also encourages the public to promptly report any information regarding the sale or transfer of such or similar properties in their possession to the Commission,” Mulenga advised.

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