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CAUGHT NAPPING | #48HOUSES

UPND Chairman for Economics and Finance Situmbeko Musokotwane, yesterday failed to explain how his nephew, a civil servant Charles Loyana, earned enough money to build the infamous 48 (now 51) houses in Lusaka’s Chalala area.

Reacting to a caller during a Radio Phoenix ‘Let the People Talk’ radio program, Dr. Musokotwane said that he needed to consult his lawyers before he could comment on the 51 houses.

But the persistent caller kept probing and asked why Musokotwane’s nephew Charles Loyana invested so much effort in trying to destroy Ministry of Lands records, and why all along when the debate was raging in public, Mr Musokotwane did not come out in the open to tell Zambians how he and his nephew earned the money to build the houses.

“Dr. Musokotwane, I have one last question for you. The debate over those 51 houses has been in the public domain for some time now, maybe a year. Why did you remain quiet, why haven’t you ever come out in public to explain to Zambians how you and your nephew earned the monies to build those 51 houses? Zambians want to know why you went through the effort of tampering with Ministry of Lands records if there is no crime, why hide that those houses belonged to you and your nephew?” the caller asked.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has revealed that investigations which established allegations bordering on corrupt in the acquisition of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime against known suspects of the 51 houses, had been completed.

“The owners have been found and soon, arrests are to be effected once the Director of Public Prosecutions gives consent,” ACC Corporate Manager Timothy Moono said. “Once Consent is given, the Commission will proceed to arrest the suspects.”

The owner of the houses paid K1,060,000 cash in crisp banknotes from the Bank of Zambia for two sets of properties on which he built the controversial 51 houses.

Mr. Moono further disclosed that the alleged initial owner of the forfeited properties, Charles Loyana, a senior accountant in the Ministry of Finance, tried as much as he could to destroy evidence linking him and his uncle, Situmbeko Musokotwane, to the houses.

The receipts of the ownership were presented to ACC.

“However, when interrogated, Mr. Loyana denied owning the houses, it could be possible he was protecting someone else,” Mr Moono said.

23 Comments

  1. LN

    How can an individual own so much land at the expense of many other citizens? This is selfishness at its best. Let the people in charge of distributing or selling state land do so based on equitably. Money should not be the factor as it deprives others (the poor ) of the opportunity to acquire land. Many councils keep on giving plots to the same financially advantaged people leaving out the poor who in most cases acquire plots by buying them at excessively high prices from those that acquire them from councils through corruption. Relevant people please save us from the impacts of corruption in our councils.

    • LN

      Let there be a limit to the number of plots on the state land that one can acquire otherwise some rich peoples will buy and own the whole country themselves. Limit it to 2 farm lands and 4 residential plots in towns

  2. UPND Houses

    These must be HH’s houses. No wonder the secrecy behind the owner. Another jailable offence for HH

    • MABOLO

      CHIKALA CHA WISO you hungry IMBACILE!!!!!!!!

      • Haambulo Munene

        This is not good for us upnd, the president is a thief,now the finance minister in waiting is also a thief! Mama weee! Yatalika ma problems. Chintombwa syndrome!! Upnd we are a party of big time thieves,cattle rustlers. We are fucked,not a chance next year.

        • God cares

          Am not seen any thing wrong with what you are speculating in your post, the same ACC when they were told to investigate we were told to say those houses do not belong to anyone, now how come they are changing the goal post to HH? Think in those lines.

      • Alick Phiri

        Old people like u guys insulting on media have respect to God

  3. Pharaoh

    And whose money were used to construct those 48(51) house?.If he stole it, then how has it taken so long to notice it.Any way I hope the ACC have all the evidence on their finger tips. Nothing can be hidden in the eyes of God.

  4. bitcoin

    Kanshi mayanda yaba UPND?

  5. MWE BANTU SURE.

    MWE BANTU SURE. FYACHINJA NOMBA TE FYA BA PLOT 1 CEO? MWALASANGA ATI NO WANSELE NI SHAREHOLDER KA!

  6. Adviser

    I hope that Dr. Musokotwane is not involved, otherwise this will be a very embarrassing disaster.

    • SHADOW

      No wonder *some* upnd MPs remained in the house when others walked out. More to it than meets the eye.

  7. Godfrey Siwale

    He made it sure it’s hidden since he’s an accountant in Ministry of Finance!
    Chabipa 🇿🇲GAS USA 🇺🇸

  8. Sniper

    The problem with us Zambians is that we are too reactive and not proactive. We speak without thinking first. Do you honestly think that PF and Edgar don’t know the owner of the houses? Do you think Musokotwane was going to be a free if the houses were truly his? How come Edgar and the whole pf has been silent for more than a year? If this estate belonged to someone from the opposition, as we speak they could have been behind bars. Think people, let’s not be fooled. Analyse issues before you speak.

  9. Bright kaoma

    This is bad for us Zambians..
    We can not trust our politicians no more they are all after one thing and that’s 💰 money 😢😢😢

  10. DAVID

    Mr Mushokotwani should resign from politics on moral grounds

  11. Tente

    How can politicians take people for granted in this manner? This fooling people around should come to an end and now. Shame on whoever is owning this property.

  12. child of God

    A big fat lie. No one in UPND is dirty.

  13. Rebock

    @SNIPER. u are the only sensible guy

  14. MCDONALD MKANDAWIRE

    THIS ISSUE CONCERNING THE 51 HOUSES SHOULD NOT BE USED AS SOMETHING TO BRING CONFUSION IN OUR COUNTRY……IF ACC WAS REALLY SERIOUS WE COULD HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT THIS A LONG TIME…. YOU ARE JUST BUSY FOOLING US ABOUT THEM WITHOUT GETTING TO THE SOLUTION…. DON’T JUST TARNISH EACH OTHERS REPUTATION UNTIL YOU PROVE THE OWNERSHIP OF THOSE HOUSES …IF THE PERSON IS NOT FOUND PLEASE JUST SELL THEM AND LET THE MONEY BE USED FOR SOMETHING VERY BENEVOLENT TO THE PUBLIC SUCH AS INVESTMENTS, PUBLIC ANMMENTIES ….STOP ACTING CHILDISH…. OUR COUNTRY WILL DEGRADED TO THE GROUP IF WE KEEP LIVING WITH SUCH MENTALITY….WAKE UP EVERYONE ( the public, ruling government and the opposition parties)

  15. charity lungu

    insele ishi pa Zed a Christian Nation? chansoni sana. matusi is not a solution. I am hurting

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