THE Anti-Corruption Commission in Chipata has arrested a former Chama North Constituency Development Fund (CDF) official for corrupt practices involving K350,000.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono stated that Ancrate Gondwe, 60, of Kaozi Settlement Scheme was arrested and charged with one count of willful failure to follow laid down procurement procedures and guidelines contrary to section 34 (2)(a)(ii) and (b) as read together with section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act number 3 of 2012.
Moono stated that details were that Gondwe, a public officer, on dates unknown but between September 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013, in Chama district, Muchinga Province, jointly and whilst acting together with Yaphet Simpamba, the Chama District Council secretary and other persons unknown willfully failed to comply with laid down procurement and CDF procedures and guidelines when they fraudulently facilitated the payment of K350,000 CDF to Techmiya Commercials Limited for the purchase of a grader and a tipper truck, which were not delivered.
Meanwhile, Moono stated that the commission in Choma recently arrested a provincial education officer and accountant at the Provincial Education Office, for corrupt practices.
Moono stated that Stephen Chishiko and Mulima Mainga were jointly arrested and charged with two counts of willful failure to comply with the law and applicable procedure relating to management of funds contrary to section 34 (2) (b), as read with section 40, of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
Chishiko was further charged with one (1) count of Abuse of authority of office contrary to section 21 (1) (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 and possession of property reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime contrary to section 71 (1) of the forfeiture of proceeds of crime Act, No. 19 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.
He stated that details in the two counts of willful failure to comply with the law and “applicable procedure relating to management of funds were that Chishiko and Mainga on dates unknown but between August 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 in Choma being public officers namely, provincial education officer and provincial accountant, respectively, jointly and whilst acting together with persons unknown, willfully failed to comply with the law and laid down procedure by transferring K125,000 to Chalimbana College of Education, and additionally varying the use of K110,000 from its intended purpose.
He stated that particulars in the third count were that Chishiko on dates unknown but between August 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 in Choma, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, abused authority of his office by directing the then head teacher of Macha Girls Secondary School to transfer K110,000 from the bank account of Macha Secondary School to the Provincial Education Office bank account.
“Particulars in the fourth count are that Stephen Chishiko between 1st January 2014 and 31st March 2015 did receive in his personal bank account, money amounting to ZMK397, 368.87, being reasonably suspected of being proceeds of crime. The suspects have since been released on bond and will appear in court soon,” stated Moono.