THE Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested two ministry of health employees for alleged corrupt practises involving K223, 500.
ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said Luke Makeche, 58, of plot No. 12951, Chilenje South, Lusaka, has been charged with one count of abuse of authority of office and another count of obstructing an authorised officer.
This is contrary to the law on prohibition and prevention of money laundering.
He also said Enala Matutu Phiri, 39, of Plot No 12552, off Zambezi Road Roma extension had been charged with one count of theft by public servant contrary the Laws of Zambia.
Details in the first count were that Makeche, as a senior accountant between 1st April 2008 and 31st December 2008 in Lusaka, 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.
And in count two, the details were that Makeche, between 1st 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 under the Act.
Mr Moono said Ms Phiri , as assistant accountant, between 1st April 2008 and 31st December 2008, allegedly stolen a sum of K223,500 on cheque number 000819 dated 13th October 2008 from the Ministry of Health..
In another development, Mr Moono said the Commission arrested a Lusaka housewife for obstruction of authorised officer contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Josephine Kasenza Makeche,44, the spouse of Mr Makeche was charged with one count of obstruction of an authorised officer .
Details of the offence were that between 1st June 2009 and 31 March 2011, Mrs Makeche 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 would appear in court on 21 May 2015.