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Fraud Case: Eavesdropper in Chizuma’s Investigation Released by Authorities.

Controversy Surrounds Release of Eavesdropper Involved in Chizuma's Fraud Case

by Alex Splendor Ngulube

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has dropped charges against Anderson Mwakiyeru, who was involved in a corruption and money laundering case along with others. Mwakiyeru, an accountant from the Accountant General’s office, will now serve as a state witness after gaining attention for secretly recording the director general of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Martha Chizuma. The discharge order, dated May 11, 2023, states that Mwakiyeru was cleared of four counts, including conspiracy to commit a felony, official corruption, and money laundering. The decision was made by the prosecution under Section 81 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code. DPP Masauko Chamkakala confirmed Mwakiyeru’s discharge and mentioned that other individuals from the Accountant General’s office who were arrested may also become state witnesses. Mwakiyeru and three others were initially accused of embezzling K283 million from government funds. The recording incident involving Chizuma led to a commission of inquiry, and President Lazarus Chakwera stated that Chizuma had the right to file a complaint against the person who recorded her. Legal experts have called for investigations into the motive behind the recording and its subsequent leak.

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