The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Chipata has arrested former Chama North constituency development fund (CDF) Chairperson Ancrate Gondwe for corrupt practices involving K350, 000.00.

ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono said Mr Gondwe, aged 60 of Kaozi settlement scheme in Chama 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) and section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act number 3 of 2012.

Mr Moono explained,  in a press statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today,  details are that Mr. Gondwe as a public officer on dates unknown but between 1st September, 2012 and 31st march, 2013, in Chama district, of Muchinga Province, jointly and whilst acting together with Yaphet Simpamba , then Chama District Council Secretary and other persons unknown did willfully fail to comply with laid down procurement and CDF procedures and guidelines.

The duo and other unknown persons 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 the ACC in Choma recently arrested a Provincial Education Officer and Provincial Accountant, at the Provincial Education Office for corrupt practices.

Stephen Chishiko and Mulima Mainga  were jointly arrested and charged with two (2) counts of willful failure to comply with the law and applicable procedure relating to management of funds contrary to section 34 (2) (b), and section 40, of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

Mr 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.

Details of the offence are that Stephen Chishiko and Mulima Mainga on dates unknown but between 1st August, 2014 and  31st December 2014 in Choma of Southern Province, being public officers jointly and whilst acting together with persons unknown, transferred K125,000.00 to Chalimbana College of Education, and changed the use of K110,000.00 from its intended purpose.

Particulars in the third count are that Stephen Chishiko abused his authority of office by directing the then Head teacher of Macha Girls Secondary School to transfer K110,000. 00 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 Standard Chartered Bank personal account, money amounting to K397, 368.87, being reasonably suspected to be proceeds of crime.

Mr Moono said the suspects have since been released on bond and will appear in court soon.

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