Four Suspected Fraudulent Property Ownership Changes Under Investigation - ACB
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is investigating at least four suspected fraudulent property ownership changes which have been detected through the clearance process for those seeking to change ownership of property reintroduced eight days ago.
ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba told Zodiak Online on Sunday that the bureau has received some applications seeking to change vehicle ownership from people who are on their investigation list for alleged corruption.
Without disclosing identities of the individuals Matemba said they have withheld clearance of the vehicle ownership change pending thorough investigations.
“From the applications that we have received we have noted an attempt by some individuals to change ownership of motor vehicles. We detained these applications because the ones that wanted to change ownership of vehicles, we have complaints against them in the ACB and institutions that they are working for,” said Matemba.
According to Matemba there has been compliance from public institutions on the reintroduced procedure and people are following the right way of getting their applications cleared.
He said the process was halted in February 2018 because some public officers took advantage of it to abuse their office.
Besides checking corruption, the clearance process according to Matemba will help in the recovery of stolen public resources.
On 26 June, the ACB resumed a screening system which requires state departments involved in any change of property ownership to present documents to the ACB for vetting.