21 November 2012

Zambia: Cop Jailed Six Months for Corruption

A LUSAKA police officer has been sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour for corruption.

Chief Resident Magistrate Joshua Banda jailed Charles Mubanga of Sikanze Camp after he found him guilty of soliciting K400,000 from a suspect.

Vincent Tembo, now deceased, were charged with one count of corrupt practices by public servant.

Between November 1 and November 13 in 2006 in Lusaka, Mubanga and Tembo being sub-inspector and sergeant respectively in the Zambia Police Service did solicit K400,000 cash gratification from Mr Mwansa Kashilubaya.

The money was meant for the officers to discontinue a case in which Mr Kashilubaya was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Mr Banda said when passing his judgment that he would exercise maximum lenience against Mubanga because the loss of his job was punishment enough for him to learn his lesson.

Mubanga had during his mitigation pleaded with the court to exercise maximum lenience saying he had already lost his job as a police officer emanating from his misconduct.

He had told the court that he was the first offender, married with three children and as such he deserved to be given a second chance.

The magistrate sent Mubanga to jail for six months with hard labour, but the convict applied for bail pending appeal.

Mr Banda granted Mubanga a K10 million bail in his own recognisance pending his appeal to the High Court.

He ordered Mubanga to provide two working sureties from recognised institutions.

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