Sata suspends Pro. Chirwa orders him to vacate K72 million Lodge

THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
Media Statement

For Immediate Release

PRESIDENT SATA SUSPENDS PROF. CHIRWA

LUSAKA, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 – His Excellency, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, has suspended Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) chief executive officer Professor Clive Chirwa pending investigations by the Anti-corruption Commission on allegations of corruption leveled against him.

In his letter to Prof. Chirwa dated April 22, 2013, President Sata confirmed that he has suspended the ZRL chief executive officer due to several corruption allegations leveled against him.

“… I am suspending you from duty and you will be on half pay; and as part of other conditions you will have to vacate the lodge and wait in the Zambia Railways Limited accommodation until the matter is completed,” read President Sata’s letter in part.

“By copy of this letter the Anti-corruption Commission has been instructed to carry out full investigations concerning the allegations of corruption.”

And President Sata has with immediate effect appointed Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications permanent secretary Dr Muyenga Atanga to take charge of Zambia Railways Limited.

“…this will require you to take charge of the Rail Line including the Inter Mine Rail, which is so critical to the running of the mining sector,” directed the Head of State.

The PF Government reiterates its commitment to revamping the railway network that results in a rail system which will create the necessary economic drive.

Issued by:

GEORGE CHELLAH
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS