Minister Chitotela Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges
Housing and Infrastructure Minister Ronald Chitotela and those charged with him last week have all pleaded not guilty to four counts of concealing and possession of property that is suspected to be the proceeds of crime.
They all appeared before the Principal Resident Magistrate David Simusamba. Many have criticised President Lungu for allowing Chitotela to stay in his post despite being charged with a crime,
Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema noted that it shows a complete lack of commitment to rooting out corruption to allow a sitting Minister to retain his role, pay and perks despite being charged.
In addition the Law Association of Zambia warned that there was no way a fair trial would be carried out whilst he was allowed to stay a sitting Minister.
The matter has been adjourned to March 20 and 21st for commencement of trial.