The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Hola , Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira for allegedly stealing money amounting to K650,000.00 meant for a developmental project under the Local Development Fund (LDF).
“He is reasonably suspected to have committed an offence under Section 27 (2) of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) in that he used his influence as Member of Parliament to award a contract for the construction of Lukwelukwe Teacher’s House project under the LDF programme to Louis Mtonga of Taonga Shopping Centre in Mzimba which was supposed to be done by the Project Management Committee.
Ndala further said, Ngwira is also suspected to have committed an offence under Section 271 (2) (e) of the Penal Code in that he on August 2, 2010 at new Building Society (NBS) branch in Mzimba, converted for his own use, money amounting to K650, 000 meant for Lukwelukwe Teacher’s House Project under the LDF programme.
The bureau says it is yet to record a caution statement from Ngwira at a later date after he has found a lawyer. Meanwhile he has been taken to Court for bail application.
This was the first arrest of a parliamenterian suspected to have abused LDF funds and according to reports, there are about 20 MP’s who are being investigated.