23 January 2013

Zambia: ACC Busts K1 Trillion Scam

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has unearthed a scam in which the Government lost about KR1billion (K 1 trillion) through "ghost" supplies of goods and services.

An engineer has since been arrested for falsely obtaining more than KR1 billion (K1trillion) from the then Ministry of Energy and Water Development.

The money was siphoned between 2003 and 2008 on the pretext of delivering various goods and services.

The engineer, identified as Alex Lusaka, is proprietor of CECIMA and ALSCAR Investments and is charged with six counts of corruptly obtaining K1, 012, 672, 201 from the Ministry of Energy.

Mr Lusaka, 53, of house number 191 off Vubu Road in Lusaka between January and December 31, 2003 is alleged to have obtained KR32, 000 (K32 million) by purporting that his company, CECIMA Investments, delivered goods and services to the Ministry of Energy when in fact not.

In the second count, he is alleged to have illegally obtained KR49, 485 (K49, 485,000) by claiming to have supplied goods and services to the same ministry between January 2004 and December 31, the same year.

Similarly in the third count between January and December 31, 2005, Mr Lusaka siphoned KR7, 300 (K7, 300, 000) from the same ministry on false pretence of supplying goods and services using CECIMA Investments.

In the fourth count, Mr Lusaka between January and December 31, 2006 obtained KR525, 532 (K525, 532, 500) from the same ministry by claiming he supplied goods and services through his companies.

Between January and December 31, 2007, in the fifth count, Mr Lusaka obtained KR139,822,201 (K139,822,201) from the ministry by purporting that his two companies delivered goods and services.

In the last count, he claimed KR258, 532 (K258, 532, 500) from the Energy Ministry.

ACC acting public relations manager Queen Chibwe said Mr Lusaka had since been released on bond and would face Court tomorrow.

Meanwhile the ACC on Monday arrested a former Lusaka City Council (LCC) director of engineering services Gilbert Lungu, for corrupt practices.

"Between September 2010 and October 31, 2010, Mr Lungu wilfully failed to comply with lawful applicable procedures relating to the sale or disposal of property by offering for sale plot number 3244 on Chilimbulu Road to Mohammed Patel without following laid down Council procedure," Ms Chibwe said.

She said Mr Lungu has since been released on bond and would appear in court today for plea.

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