THE Livingstone magistrate court has suspended the 12 month sentence slapped on Livingstone District Veterinary Officer who was convicted for abuse of authority of office involving K3, 355.00.
Magistrate Exonobert Zulu, suspended Dr. Ernest Ndalama, 41, of Plot 4434/24B Highlands in Livingstone after he was convicted and was remanded in custody awaiting sentence.
Dr. Ndalama, who is the District Veterinary Officer for Livingstone and Kazungula, was arrested on Thursday May 2, 2013, and charged with one count of abuse of authority of office contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
In passing sentencing magistrate Zulu said he had suspended Dr. Ndalama’s sentence on condition that he did not commit a similar offence within 12 months.
Magistrate Zulu told the accused that the time spent in custody after his conviction should be a lesson of how life could be if the law was not followed.
There was jubilation in the court room and tears of joy by Dr Ndalama’s family members and friends as soon as the sentence was passed.
Dr. Ndalama, between October 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011, abused the authority of his office by not following laid down tender procedures in the manner he purchased 350 animal ear-tags and an assortment of animal medicines valued at K3, 355 from Agrovet services, a company he owns.
He was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission on May 2, 2013 on allegation that he abused the authority of his office by not following laid down tender procedures.