Besides Chaponda, the anti-corruption bureau has also arrested the Director of Trans-globe Export Produce Limited Rashid Tayub following investigation on Zambia`s maize gate case.

Senior Public Relations Officer for ACB Egritta Ndala said the investigations made by ACB revealed that there were some foul games played in procuring the maize from Zambia hence the arrest.

Tayub is likely to be charged with influencing a public officer to misuse his public office contrary section 25B (2) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

The ACB through Ndala has assured the general public that it remains an independent professional institution in the way that it cannot conduct its duties in interest of any one or any political party.

However, Ndala added that the investigation process may be complicated and needs to be conducted with due process and detailed.

“The bureau empathizes with the concerns of the public for speedy investigations but in a democracy, such calls need to be balanced with the due process required under the law,” said Ndala.

Ndala further pointed out that parliamentary immunity during parliament sitting may delay such processes in a case which the accused is the member of parliament.

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