10 November 2012

Zambia: Choice Build Director Arrested

THE Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested the director of Choice Build Limited for two counts of corrupt practices and one count of theft involving over K791 million.

Mr Yolonimo Mbewe, 44, an engineer of plot number 120920, Woodlands Extension in Lusaka, has been arrested for two counts of Corrupt Practices with a Public Officer contrary to Section 19 (2) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 38 of 2010.

ACC public relations manager, Timothy Moono announced the arrest of Mr Mbewe in a statement in Lusaka yesterday.

In the first count, Mr Mbewe is alleged to have corruptly given Emmanuel Gabby Ng'uni, an assistant director, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Home Affairs, K5 million gratification as an inducement or reward for facilitating the award of the contract to Choice Build and for the payment of K869, 444,488.71 for the rehabilitation works at Livingstone Central Prison.

In the second count, Mr Mbewe is alleged to have corruptly given K86 million cash gratification as an inducement or reward to Mr Ng'uni for facilitating the award of the contract to Choice Build for the payment of K700 million for the rehabilitation works at Livingstone Prison which were not done.

In the third count, Mr Mbewe has been jointly arrested with Mr Ng'uni for theft of K700 million contrary to the Laws of Zambia by purporting that the money was used for extra works at Livingstone Prisons which were not done.

The ACC earlier in the week arrested Mr Ng'uni and a quantity surveyor in the Ministry of Works and Supply, Buildings Department in Lusaka, Mwala Katundu, for alleged corruption and abuse of office involving more than K1.5 billion.

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