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DEC arrests MoH employee for suspected money laundering

THE Drug Enforcement Commission through its Anti-Money Laundering Investigations Unit in Lusaka has arrested a Ministry of Health employee for money laundering activities involving over K62,000.

DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo stated that Joseph Mashilipa Mwaba, a human resource management officer at the ministry, had been arrested for theft, theft by public servant and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Katongo stated that particulars of the offence were that Mwaba, 43, in his capacity as human resource management officer and payroll end user for Luanshya District Health Office on the Copperbelt, on dates unknown but between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2018 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, with intent to defraud stole K62,598.57 from the government.

She stated that the money was stolen by way of introducing two ghost workers on the Luanshya District Health office payroll and was credited to his personal account at a named bank in Ndola.

“Further, the suspect having reason to believe that the said money was a proceed of crime did receive, possess and dispose of the same. The suspect is on police bond and is expected to appear in court soon,” Katongo stated.

Meanwhile, Katongo stated that the commission in Western Province had seized 11.25 tonnes of fresh cannabis plants from Mwangalesha area in Lwampa district. No arrests have been made as the suspects are still at large.

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