Court clerk jailed 6 months for corruption


THE Kitwe Magistrates Court has convicted a court clerk at Wusakile Local Court, Barbra Chansa Chunga, for corrupt practices contrary to section 19(1) and 66 of the Anti-Corruption Act.

Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia (ACC) public relations manager Timothy Moono confirmed that the court has since sentenced Chunga to six  months simple imprisonment, backdated to 27th September 2013, the date of conviction.

According to Mr Moono, the ACC arrested  Chunga for soliciting for K500 and actually received K300 from Peter Ngalandi as an inducement for her to help him secure a favourable judgment in a case between Mr Ngalandi and a Mr Silavwe in the Wusakile Local Court.

Meanwhile, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) last week arrested the operations manager of Hazida E-Zone Limited in Lusaka Jerome De Beer, 32, for money laundering involving over K2, 890,000.

In a statement, DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo disclosed that the commission’s anti-money laundering investigations unit arrested Mr de Beer of Plot no. 139 Ngwerere Road in Roma township for theft by servant and money laundering involving K2, 892,775 contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

According to Ms Katongo, Mr de Beer on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2014 and June, 2016, whilst acting together with other persons unknown, with intent to defraud, did steal goods worth K2, 892,775.

She said that they stole the goods from Hazida E-Zone Limited by generating unauthorised entries for movement of stock as inter-branch transfers and selling goods at discounted prices.

Ms Katongo said that Mr de Beer also engaged directly or indirectly in money laundering involving K2, 892,775 realised from illegal activities.

She disclosed that the commission had since seized a number of properties from Mr de Beer believed to be proceeds of crime.

“Among the properties seized were two motor vehicles, nine television sets, three air conditioners, a generator, a refrigerator, a laptop computer and printer, a water dispenser, and a 4-plate cooker,” said Ms Katongo.

Mr Katongo said the suspect would appear in court soon.