Nowhere to hide for UTM: as ACB launches investigations into the purchase of vehicles

Aug 10, 2022

When UTM thought it has managed to jump the gun following revelations that they bought party vehicles from unexplained source of funds, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has disclosed that they have found merit into the query by one Concerned Citizen Gosten Chinseu that the cars might have been procured corruptly.
A few months ago, Chinseu raised a red flag to the ACB asking the graft bursting body to get to the bottom of the matter following media reports that UTM bought 44 vehicles through Khwesi Msusa, one of Soulos Chilima’s errand boys.
According to Egrita Ndala, ACB spokesperson, after assessing Chinseu’s complaint her agency has found merit in the request and the ACB has moved in to launch a full investigation into the matter.
Commenting on the development, governance expert George Phiri says the ACB decision is a step in the right direction as the investigations will help the nation to know how the vehicles were acquired
“We welcome the decision as it will help the citizenry to establish the truth about the alleged purchase of the said vehicles,” said Phiri.
The purchase of vehicles raised suspicions owing to the fact that UTM do not qualify for parliamentary funding as they only have four Members of Parliament and they do not have any meaningful source of funding.
The investigations come at a time when the Vice President is being suspected to have corruptly benefitted from Zunneth Sattars corruption dealings. Currently, the Vice President is on ‘’constructive dismissal” after President Chakwera withheld delegated powers from his deputy to pave way for investigation into the matter.

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