THE Solwezi Magistrate’s Court has sentenced Jairos Ndalama, a former Ministry of Education accountant, to two years imprisonment with hard labour for theft involving K95, 493.39 meant for the purchase of diesel for use in the school generator, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has revealed.
According to ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono, the offence was contrary to section 277 of the Penal Code CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr Moono explained that the ACC in 2012 arrested Mr Ndalama during his tenure as assistant accountant at Kabompo Secondary School for stealing money meant for the purchase of diesel for use in the school generator.
He stated that the sentence was to run concurrently with a previous sentence of nine years imprisonment with hard labour in which Senior Resident Magistrate Tamara Gondwe found Ndalama guilty of 33 counts of theft by public servant.
Mr Moono said that Mr Ndalama, on various dates between 9th December, 2010 and 24th April, 2011 stole various amounts of fuel from the Kabompo High School fuel account domiciled at Shreeraj Total Filling Station in Solwezi.
Meanwhile, Mr Moono also stated that the ACC had arrested and charged a principal of Lusaka Vocational Training Centre on two counts of corrupt practices.
Mr Moono said that Bennie Mutale aged 50 of plot No. 2207, Chamba Valley in Lusaka has been charged in the first count with abuse of authority, contrary to Section 21 (1) (b) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.
He explained that Mr Mutale on unknown dates but between 1st January, 2014 and 31st December, 2014 being a principal at Lusaka Vocational Training Centre, did abuse his authority by using his position to obtain a benefit for his brother, Joel Mutale.
Mr Moono said that in the second count, Mr Mutale has been charged with failure to declare interest in writing contrary to the ACC Act.
“Mr Mutale on unknown dates but between 1st January 2014 and 31st December, 2014 being a public officer namely principal at Lusaka Vocational Training Centre did approve the award of construction works to Joel Mutale at Lusaka Vocational Training Centre without declaring interest in writing,” he said.
Mr Mutale has since been released on police bond and that he appeared in court yesterday.