The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested two Ministry of Health employees for Corrupt Practises Involving K223, 500.
Commission Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono says Luke Makeche, 58, of plot No. 12951, Chilenje South, Lusaka, has been charged with One (1) Count of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code and one Count of Obstruction of Authorised Officer contrary to Section 26(d) of the Prohibition and Prevention of money laundering Act number 14 of 2001 of the laws of Zambia, while Enala Matutu Phiri, 39, of Plot No 12552, off Zambezi Road Roma Extension has been charged with one Count of Theft by Public Servant contrary to Section 272 and 277 of the Penal Code Act Chapter 87 of the Laws Of Zambia.
Details in the first count are that Makeche, on unknown dates but between 1st April 2008 and 31st December 2008 in Lusaka, being a Person employed in the public service, namely Ministry Of Health as a Senior Accountant, Moono abused the authority of his office when he approved the payment voucher dated 10th October 2008 for cheque number 000819 in the sum of K223, 500 in the name of Enala Matutu Phiri without following laid down guidelines, an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.
In Count two the details are that Makeche, on unknown dates but between1st June 2009 and 31st March 2011, in Lusaka, did wilfully or recklessly give false information with respect to the ownership of properties, namely a house on plot number 12951, situated in Chilenje South in Lusaka and a block of two (2) flats on plot number 13363, situated in Chilenge South Lusaka, information to which authorised Officers were entitled to by or under the Act.
Meanwhile, Enala Matutu Phiri ‘s details of offence are that on unknown dates but between 1st April 2008 and 31st December 2008, in Lusaka , being a Person employed in the public service, namely Ministry Of Health as an Assistant Accountant, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, did steal a sum of K223,500 on cheque number 000819 dated 13th October 2008 from the Ministry of Health, the property of Government of the Republic of Zambia which came into her possession by virtue of her employment.
In relation to the same matter the Commission has also arrested a Lusaka housewife for Obstruction of Authorised Officer contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Josephine Kasenza Makeche,44, the spouse to Luke Makeche a Senior Accountant at Ministry of Health, has been charged with One (1) Count of Obstruction of Authorised Officer contrary to Section 26(d) of the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act number 14 of 2001 of the Laws of Zambia.
Details of the offence are that between 1st June 2009 and 31st March 2011 in Lusaka, she did wilfully or recklessly give authorised Officers false information with respect to the ownership of property namely, a house on plot number 24837, situated in Libala South in Lusaka , information to which the authorised officers were entitled to by or under the Act.
The trio have since been released on bond and will appear in Court on 21st May 2015.
And the Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested a former Senior official of Indeni Oil Refinery for corrupt practices involving €9, 550 (ZMW 78, 879.00)
Mr Moono says Kelvin Kamona of house number 687/1 Windward drive Makeni, Lusaka, is charged with one count of receiving gratification for giving assistance with regard to contracts, contrary to Section 28 (1) of the Anti- Corruption Act No. 38 of 2010.
Details of the offence are that on dates unknown but between 1st July, 2011 and 31st August, 2011 Mr Kamona being a public officer employed by Indenii Refinery Limited Company solicited, accepted or obtained €9, 550 (ZMW78, 879.00) from SPIG SPA Limited of Italy for giving assistance in the promotion, execution or procurement of a contract with Indeni Refinery Limited for the supply of heat exchange tubes.
Mr Kamona has since been released on bond and is scheduled to appear in the Ndola Subordinate Court on 11th June, 2015.
This is a matter in which the Commission in 2011 commenced investigations into corruption allegations against some senior officials at Indeni Oil Refinery.