TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested two Ministry of Health employees for alleged corruption involving K223,500.
Luke Makeche, 58, of plot No. 12951, Lusakaâ€™s Chilenje South, has been charged with one count of abuse of authority of office and one count of obstruction of an authorised officer.
The ACC has also arrested and charged Enala Matutu-Phiri, 39, of plot No 12552, off Zambezi Road in Roma Extension in Lusaka, with one count of theft by public servant.
This is according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday by ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono.
Mr Makeche, on unknown dates but between April 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 in Lusaka, is alleged to have abused the authority of his office when he approved payment of K223,500 to Ms Phiri without following laid down guidelines.
The ACC says this is an arbitrary act prejudicial to the rights or interests of Government. Mr Makeche is a senior accountant at the ministry.
In count two, the details are that Mr Makeche, on unknown dates but between June 1, 2009 and March 31, 2011, in Lusaka, wilfully or recklessly gave false information concerning ownership of properties.
The properties are a house at 12951 in Chilenje South and a block of two flats on plot number 13363 in the same township.
Ms Phiriâ€™s offence is that on unknown dates but between April 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, stole K223,500 from the ministry.
Ms Phiri is an assistant accountant.
In relation to the same matter, the ACC has also arrested a Lusaka housewife for obstruction of an authorised officer, contrary to the Laws of Zambia.
Josephine Kasenza-Makeche, 44, the spouse of Mr Makeche, has been charged with one count of obstruction of an authorised officer.
Between June 1, 2009 and March 31, 2011 in Lusaka, Mrs Makeche allegedly wilfully or recklessly gave authorised officers false information concerning the ownership of a house in Lusakaâ€™s Libala South. Authorised officers are entitled to information under the Act.
The three been released on bond and will appear in court on May 21.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka