Choma immigration officer sentenced 4years in prison for corruption

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The Choma Subordinate Court has sentenced an Immigration Officer at the Choma Immigration Department to four years
Imprisonment with hard labour for alleged corrupt practices involving K 5, 000.

Magistrate Exnorbert Zulu found Jonathan Mulando Miyanda, 55, of house number S1011 Sha Compound in Choma, guilty of engaging in corrupt practices contrary to the Anti-Corruption Commission Act No. 3 of 2012.

Mr Miyanda, who is also a Public Prosecutor at the Immigration Department was arrested by the Commission last year on 7th April 2014 and charged with two counts of corrupt practices.

ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono confirmed the development in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today.

In the first count, Mr Miyanda was charged with one count of corrupt practices being a Public Officer contrary to Section 19 (2) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

It was alleged that Mr Miyanda, on unknown dates but between 1st April and 7th April 2014, in Choma, being a Public Officer, did corruptly solicit for K 5, 000 and actually received K 1, 000 from a named foreign national as an inducement or reward for himself to discontinue a case in which the named foreign national was charged with engaging in employment not stipulated on the work permit.

In the second count, Mr Miyanda was charged with one count of abuse of authority of Office contrary to Section 21(1) (a) as read together with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act.

Mr Moono said Mr Miyanda is alleged to have abused the authority of his office in the manner he instituted criminal proceedings against the named foreign nationals without following laid down procedures.

Mr. Miyanda has since been remanded in prison to commence serving a-four-year jail sentence.

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