Hong Kong Oct. 31 – Zambia’s former spy chief and ex-fugitive, Xavier Franklin Chungu, has been appointed as the country’s Permanent Secretary for Luapula Province.
Chungu served as head of the Zambia Security Intelligence Service under late second president Fredrick Chiluba’s administration.
Chungu and Chiluba with several other ex-officers were accused of theft of millions of dollars belonging to the Zambian Government while in office.
Investigators at the time believed that the former president and his inner circle, Chungu included, diverted state funds into privately held accounts overseas.
Late third president, Levy Mwanawasa broke ranks with Chiluba and dragged him and Chungu to court on graft charges under what he coined matrix of plunder.
It was during the graft investigations and court proceedings that the newly appointed PS jumped bail and fled the country in June 2004.
A well-built and energetic Chungu popularly known then as “XF” returned to Zambia in 2008 only to be re-arrested at the recently, renamed Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.
Chungu was later cleared of some of the many charges under past president, Rupiah Banda’s government.
In what seemed as a sign of appreciation early this year, XF threw his weight behind Banda’s re-election team ahead of the September 20 polls in which Banda lost to Sata.
Chungu, told reporters then that he had decided to campaign for Banda because he wanted him to secure a victory in Luapula Province, a region he has been appointed PS.
But Chungu’s friendship with incumbent President, Michael Sata, dates back many years, in May 2002, Chungu rescued Sata from prosecution.
This was in a legal suit in which then as Patriotic Front (PF) leader, Sata was charged with theft of two government motor vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Hyundai Sonata.
Chungu stated that around 2000, the Office of the President acquired a Toyota Land Cruiser GX from Toyota Zambia.
“The motor vehicle was later given to Mr. Michael Sata in his personal capacity as a friend to the system,” Chungu said.
Chungu was among congregates who attended a thanksgiving Catholic mass with President Sata over the past weekend in Lusaka.
Also appointed is Marketing and Public Relations specialist, Augustine Seyuba who has been sent to Western Province while former late second president Fredrick Chiluba’s press aide, Emmanuel Mwamba has been appointed Northern Province PS.