South African immigration services have nabbed a Lusaka businessman and Asphalt Roads company owner Joseph Mwewa for forging a residence permit.
According to sources within the South African immigration, Mwewa, whom is Elias Chipimo and NAREP’s financier, was apprehended shortly after arriving at O.R Tambo International Airport on Thursday around 15:30 hours.
South African security picked Mwewa as he alighted from the plane and took him for questioning and later detained him.
Efforts to have him released by the Zambian High Commissioner to South Africa Mayeba Chikonde, who is a personal friend to Mwewa, proved futile as that country’s law enforcers said they could not tolerate such kind of criminal behaviour.
By press time, South Africa security were organising Mwewa’s deportation back to Lusaka. According to a confidential source, Mwewa is allegedly getting a number of corrupt contracts from the Roads Development Agency (RDA) despite very poor workmanship and a record of substandard performance. The source says that Mwewa often boasts of having a number of PF ministers in his pocket, among them Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, whom he allegedly bribed with a Range Rover sport and a Jaguar under the pretext that he acquired them through a long term lease.
As a result, the source says, Kalaba worships Mwewa and is willing to go an extra mile to ensure that Mwewa’s contracts with RDA are protected despite the inefficient and pathetic workmanship. Mwewa is an ardent supporter of NAREP and secretly finances Chipimo’s campaigns. At the time of writing, Mwewa was still in police cells in South Africa.