Monze government officials arrested for conflict of interest scandal


Two government officials in Monze have been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission for Conflict of Interest.

The arrested individuals are Benson Bweenje, 47, former Monze Town Council Secretary, and Mudenda Choongo, 42, a former Councilor for Hamangaba Ward, Bweengwa Constituency.

In a statement released in Lusaka on Tuesday, Timothy Moono, Head of Corporate Communication for the Commission, accused Bweenje of participating in the decision-making process of the Monze Town Council concerning the subdivision and change of use of plot 271 on Sinaluchaba Road in Monze.

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He alleged that Bweenje failed to disclose his interest in the matter, which involved the Monze Town Council.

“Meanwhile, Mudenda Choongo, 42, residing in Overspill Plot number 272 in Choma, has been charged with one count of Conflict of Interest, contrary to Paragraph 6 (1) and (7) of the Third Schedule of the Local Government Act No. 2 of 2019 of the Laws of Zambia,” he stated.

Moono also alleged that Choongo, while serving as a Councilor for Hamangaba Ward, participated in the decision-making process of the Monze Town Council regarding the subdivision and change of use of the same plot.

He claimed that Choongo also failed to declare interest in the matter, which concerned the public body.

“Investigations revealed that Plot 271 on Sinaluchaba Road in Monze initially belonged to Boyd Chongo Mwanakambowe, who later sold the land to the duo in 2018 and 2019,” Moono said.

He added that the duo requested Mwanakambowe to apply to the Council for sub-division and change of land use to enable them to use the land for commercial purposes.

“When the application was brought before the Council, the duo participated in the meeting to decide on the application,” Moono narrated.

He further stated that Bweenje and Choongo were released on bond and were scheduled to appear in Court on May 10, 2024.

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