Teveta Board has confiscated vehicles of three bosses, including chief executive officer (CE0) Ndione Chauluka over an alleged financial mismanagement scandal.
The top managers, who were initially on forced leave, have since been placed under suspension. Both board chairperson Gilbert Chilinde, and Chauluka, confirmed the development yesterday in separate interviews.
Chauluka confirmed receiving, from the board, communication on the matter, but referred Nation on Sunday to the board for details.
“The board chairperson has informed me informally and told me there is communication which has been sent. I can also confirm that they have confiscated my vehicle, but for details please get the information from the board,” said Chauluka.
On his part, Chilinde said the move follows the board’s decision to place Chauluka and two directors—Joseph Kampondeni and Modesto Gomani—under a 30-day suspension.
“This is in line with the terms and conditions of staff of Teveta. As you recall these people were on forced leave. The board had isolated matters and reviewed the information we have had. We gave them the issues to respond to in seven days and they will be attending a disciplinary hearing within 30 days,” said Chilinde.
He, however, clarified that the figure under investigation is not K2.9 billion as previously quoted by the media, but K238 million, which was being drawn from a fund for community colleges.
Chilinde said director of finance, Elwin Chiola, has been found without any case to answer.
Several officials at Teveta were sent on forced leave following media revelations of the scandal as the public sector, including parastatals, continues facing various financial management scandals.