A Zambian journalist has surrendered $4m (£3m) found in her house last month as part of a corruption amnesty deal, officials have announced.
Margaret Chisela Musonda, alias Faith Musonda, has also forfeited her house located in an upmarket suburb in the capital, Lusaka, where the amount in local currency and US dollars was found.
I now hope this communication from State investigative agencies will put an end to the deceitful debate that Margaret Chisela Musonda aka Faith Musonda earned the money and property through her hard work. It was property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime. PERIOD pic.twitter.com/GwXZls4PlY
— Victor Kanyense🇿🇲 (@VictorKanyense) October 21, 2021
Officials have not disclosed how she acquired the money and the nature of her wrongdoing, but said she had admitted culpability.
Ms Musonda is a well-known journalist who had a stint at the state broadcaster. She has not commented on the matter.
We are not yet done with the Margaret Chisela Musonda aka Faith Musonda story. A sequel of events is still following the story. Let's be clear fellow citizens, #Piyefu is a criminal cabal masquerading as a political party pic.twitter.com/xI48mByeWu
— Victor Kanyense🇿🇲 (@VictorKanyense) October 22, 2021
In a statement, a joint investigative team said the deal would see Ms Musonda avoid criminal proceedings.
It said the law allows the state “to grant amnesty to accused persons in certain instances on condition that they admit wrongdoing and return what they wrongfully acquired through corrupt practices”.
The team comprised officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission, the Zambia Police Service, the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Financial Intelligence Centre. – BBC