The Livingstone Magistrate court has convicted a Veterinary doctor for abuse of authority of office involving over three thousand kwacha.
Magistrate Exonobert Zulu convicted 41-year-old Ernest Ndalama of plot 4434/24B Highlands in Livingstone after he was found with a case to answer.
This is a matter in which Dr. Ndalama was arrested by the Anti- Corruption Commission( ACC) on 2nd May 2013 on allegations that he abused the authority of his office by not following laid down tender procedures in the manner he purchased 350 cattle ear tags from Agro Vert Services valued at K3,355,000.00
The court heard that the act was arbitrary and prejudicial to the interest of the government of the Republic of Zambia and a matter which concerned the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.
Dr. Ndalama, who is Livinhstone District Veterinary Officer has been remanded in custody awaiting sentencing on 2nd April, 2015.
Meanwhile, Itezhi-Tezhi District Agriculture Officer Peter Mambwe Chiwala has also been convicted for abuse of authority of office and sentenced to twelve months imprisonment with hard labour.
Dr. Chiwala was facing two counts of abuse of authority of office contrary to section 99 (1) of the penal code cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.
Dr Chiwala’s sentence will run concurrently with effect from 24th March 2015.
This is according to a statement made available to ZANIS by ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono in Lusaka today.