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Former ZESCO Employees Receive 18-Month Sentence for Corruption Charges

The Mongu Subordinate Court has delivered a verdict against two former employees of ZESCO Limited, sentencing them to 18 months of hard labor imprisonment for their involvement in corrupt practices amounting to K10,000.00.

Brian Monde Lupasa, a former Senior Electrician, and Kwalombota Kwalombota, previously a General Worker at ZESCO in Mongu, were apprehended in September 2023 by the Anti-Corruption Commission. 

They were jointly charged with two counts of Corrupt Practices by Public Officers, contravening sections 19(1) and 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 of the Laws of Zambia.

The first count outlined their alleged solicitation of K10,000.00 from an individual between November 1, 2022, and November 30, 2022, while serving as public officers. This sum was purportedly offered as an inducement to avoid prosecution for electricity power bypass, a matter concerning ZESCO Ltd., a public entity. 

Similarly, the second count accused the duo of receiving K3,000.00 in cash gratification during the same period and jurisdiction to evade prosecution for electricity power bypass.

Honourable Magistrate Kalifano Manyepa, presiding over the case, invoked Section 41(c) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 in passing sentence. Consequently, the K3,000 received as gratification was ordered to be forfeited to the State, and the convicted individuals were remanded in prison to serve their 18-month sentence. 

The statement was issued by Timothy Moono, Head of Corporate Communications.

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