NHA finance director pleads not guilty

By Staff Reporter

NATIONAL Housing Authority finance director Charles Chewe yesterday appeared in the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to a charge of failing to follow applicable laid down procedure when he awarded a contract to a debt collector.

Allegations are that Chewe, 54, between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012 in Lusaka, being a person employed in the Public Service by the NHA as director of finance awarded a contract to Blackson Zulu a debt collector without following applicable laid down procurement procedures or guidelines, a transaction which concerns the National Housing Authority, a public body.

Appearing for plea, the prosecution informed magistrate Kaoma that they had consent from the Director of Public Prosecution to prosecute the matter and called the matter.

Chewe however, pleaded not guilty and magistrate Kaoma adjourned the case to April 10 for trial.