Zambia: Health Minister Arrested For Corruption

Zambia’s Health Minister, Chitalu Chilufya, has been taken in by authorities on allegations of engaging in corruption.

He was arrested on Wednesday, 24 June, after the nation’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigated the 47-year-old medical doctor for seemingly gaining a fortune overnight last month.

Spokesperson for the ACC, Jonathan Siame, said in a statement: “Doctor Chitalu Chilufya has been charged with four counts of being in possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.”

Doctor Chilufya was subsequently released on bail, and is expected to appear in court on 9 July.

His lawyer has not provided any public statement regarding these developments – should his client be convicted, Chilufya will see five years in prison.

The landlocked African country endures rife corruption and the ACC has made little progress in prosecuting senior government officials facing allegations of corruption; former housing minister, Ronald Chitotela, was arrested but was subsequently cleared of allegations, and saw no jail time.