ACC joins push for Chitotela to pay K6.5 million over dubiously constructed mansion
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been joined to the matter in which AZADI Investment Limited is demanding payment of K6.5 million from former minister of tourism and arts Ronald Chitotela for the construction of his luxurious house in Chongwe district.
High Court judge Pixie Yangailo has ruled that the Commission has sufficient interest in the matter as the said property is under restriction and is pending investigations.
She said the ACC will suffer injustice if she grants the relief sought by the construction company to sell Chitotela’s farm which is under the Commission’s control.
“Accordly, the ACC has a connection to the subject property and is likely to be affected by the outcome of this action. Accordingly, the ACC is joined to this action as second defendant,” said judge Yangailo.
The commission had asked to be joined to the law suit in public interest on reasons that the proceedings were an abuse of court process aimed at legitimizing Chitotela’s continued possession of the property which is suspected to be proceeds of crime.
Kalemba January 24, 2023