Zambia’s Infrastructure Minister Ronald Chitotela denied debasement accusations in court on Tuesday following his capture a fortnight back in an uncommon instance of an administration official being sought after by specialists.
Chitotela, who was captured by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) alongside three others, faces two defilement allegations for purportedly covering responsibility for properties “sensibly associated with being continues of wrongdoing”.
“I comprehend the charge and argue not blameworthy,” Chitotela, 47, told judge David Simusamba who requested he stand preliminary from March 20.
His co-blamed additionally argued not blameworthy to the charges, which conceivably convey a jail term of as long as five years on conviction.
The properties being referred to are in Lusaka’s upmarket rural areas of Makeni and Ibex Hill regions.
Several Chitotela’s supporters chanted outside the court.