TWO GOVT OFFICERS IN COURT OVER ABUSE, THEFT CHARGES

Two Ministry of Home Affairs employees have been found guilty of corrupt practices involving theft, abuse of authority and fraudulent accounting among other crimes with one of them sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) public relations manager Timothy Moono said the two officers were facing six counts of corrupt practices before Livingstone magistrate Jonah Chola.

‘‘Livingstone magistrate. Jonah Chola found Nasilele Sakubita Namate, 37, of house no. DBN 297 Dambwa North, Livingstone, an assistant registration officer for Kuzungula district, and Christine Lukwesa Banda, 47, of plot no. 1151, Kazungula, an immigration assistant at Kazungula border control, guilty of corrupt practices contrary to the Laws of Zambia,’’  he said.

Mr Moono explained that on the first count Namate was charged with fraudulent false accounting.

Details are that on unknown dates but between 31st May 2007 and 24th May 2009 in Kazungula, with intent to defraud, Namate made false entries on quadruplicate copies of receipt no. S 0757364, S 0757367, S 0757396 and S 0757397 purporting to show that some named persons had paid cash when in fact not.

On this charge he was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Namate was also charged with theft. It was found that on unknown dates but between 31st May 2007 and 24th May 2009 in Kazungula he stole original Government receipts numbered S 0757351-S 0757400 and S 1477001-S 1477050 altogether valued at K310.

‘‘In the second count, Namate was charged with theft by public servant. Details are that on unknown dates but between 31st May 2007 and 24th May 2009 in Kazungula stole original Government receipts numbered S 0757351-S 0757400 and S 1477001-S 1477050 altogether valued at K310 property of the Government, which came into his possession by virtue of his employment. On this count Namate was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment suspended for 24 months,’’ Mr Moono said.

He said in the third count, the second offender Lukwesa was charged with possession of property reasonably suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained contrary to section 319(a) of the Penal Code.

On this count Lukwesa was fined K1, 000 after she failed to account for possession of 26 original Government receipts reasonably suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained.

On the fourth account she was charged but acquitted of theft of a Government receipt book contrary to section 272 of the Penal Code.

Mr Moono said in the fifth count Lukwesa was charged but acquitted of abuse of authority.

It was alleged that on unknown dates but between 31st May 2007 and 24th May 2009 in Kazungula she had in her control or possession property namely two houses at Plot no. 1151 and Plot 1156 at Kazungula, Hino Ranger truck, Toyota Hiace  minibus, a Toyota Sprinter and Toyota Mark II altogether valued at K437, 941, 215. 00 reasonably suspected to have been acquired in circumstances amounting to a crime.

Mr Moono said Lukwesa was also charged with possession of obscene material after she was found in possession of four obscene cinematographic films.

‘‘And in the sixth count, Lukwesa was charged with possession of obscene material contrary to section 177(1) (a) of the Penal Code. Details are that Lukwesa on 24th May 2009 in Kazungula, did have in her possession four obscene cinematographic films namely Black Hood Rats, Black and Nasty, Phat Farm and Teen Tryo, tending to corrupt morals. She was convicted on this count and fined K3,000.

Namate and Lukwesa were convicted on counts 1, 2, 3 and 6 and acquitted in counts 4 and 5, Mr Moono said.

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