Graft: Zambia charges ex-minister

2012-01-09 14:09
Lusaka - A former Zambian transport and communications minister was charged with abuse of office on Monday over irregularities in the awarding of a tender for a new airport radar system, police said.

Dora Siliya, who served as minister under recently ousted president Rupiah Banda, was interrogated by investigators and will appear in court after the team finishes its inquiry, police spokesperson Elizabeth Kanjela told a press conference.

"Siliya has today appeared before a combined team of investigators, which include the Zambia Police, Anti-Corruption Commission and the Drug Enforcement Commission, over the irregularities in the awarding of a contract and the installation of the radar system at Lusaka International Airport," Kanjela said.

"She has been charged with offence of abuse of authority of office and we recorded a caution statement from her."

The radar system was installed between 2008 and 2010.

If found guilty, Siliya faces a jail sentence of at least five years.

Siliya, a close Banda ally, was limping as she arrived at the investigators' offices accompanied by her attorneys.

She is also connected to the sale of Zambia's state telecommunications company, Zamtel, which President Michael Sata - who beat Banda in September elections - laims was corruptly sold to LAP Green of Libya.

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