The Anti Corruption Bureau has finally cleared State House Chief of Staff, Prince Kapondamgaga a year after it put his name on a list of people being investigated in relation to Zuneth Sattar case.
In a statement released on Friday evening, the ACB says it has closed investigations and it no longer has issues with Kapondamgaga.
The Chief of Staff was suspended last year by President Lazarus Chakwera to pave way for exhaustive investigations by the graft-busting body.
Reads the statement: “The investigations had established that Mr. Kapondamgaga, the State House Chief of Staff was one of the public officers who had received a Mercedes Benz S Class 350d and other gifts from Mr Zuneth Sattar.
“Mr. Kapondamgaga voluntarily gave a statement to the Bureau and signed a restitution agreement with the Bureau. At the moment, he has already surrendered the Mercedes Benz S Class 350d. After a review of the evidence against Mr Kapondamgaga in this case, evaluation of the information he provided in respect of the broader investigations relating to Zuneth Sattar and the restitution agreement he has voluntarily entered with the Bureau, a prosecutorial discretion has been exercised not to lay criminal charges against him. Accordingly, the Bureau has completed and closed the investigations against him. Pursuant to its powers under Section 10 (4) of the Corrupt Practices Act.”
Several months ago governance experts advised President Chakwera to reinstate Kapondamgaga on the basis that the ACB was failing to establish any link of him to corruption of any sort.