FORMER PS FOR BROADCASTING PHIRI ACQUITTED ON CORRUPTION RAP

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THE Lusaka Magistrate’s Court has acquitted former Information
and Broadcasting Services permanent secretary Samson Phiri and
three journalists in a case in which they were charged with
corruption.
Dr Phiri, former Zambia Daily Mail deputy managing director
Davies Mataka, former Afronet executive director Ngande
Mwanajiti and the Zambian Newspaper Limited, were facing
charges of abuse of public funds.

Delivering ruling on Wednesday, Lusaka principal resident
magistrate Aridah Chulu said there was no evidence of
corruption in the matter as the Zambian Newspaper was a
government project.
It was alleged that the three on dates unknown but between
April 19, 2011 and November 2011 in Lusaka jointly and whilst
acting together fraudulently and unlawfully diverted K195, 000
Public Media Support Fund from the Ministry of Information and
Broadcasting Services for the production and printing of a
private Newspaper namely ‘The Zambian’.

Count two alleged that Mwanajiti on diverse dates between
January and November, 2011 in Lusaka unlawfully caused to be
printed and published a newspaper namely ‘The Zambian’ without
it being registered with the director at National Archives
Department.

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