DEC nab 2 accountants

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By JOHN SAKALA
The Drug Enforcement Commission in Lusaka has arrested two accountants and a businessman for various offences involving over $ 110, 689.

The three are identified as Desai Machila, 36, of Mount Makulu, and Ellen Mwiinga, 33, of Libala Township, both accounts officers at Food Reserve Agency (FRA) and William Tamba, 29, a businessman, arrested for fraudulent false accounting and theft, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars of the offence are that on dates unknown but between 1st December, 2017 and 30th January, 2018, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, the trio did make a cash deposit of K123, 000 into the Food Reserve Agency dollar account using a contract which was awarded to Shared Resources Limited for the purchase of 5,000 metric tons of white maize.

The deposit was made by William Tamba who was an appointed agent of Shared Resources Limited while the other two suspects, being employees of FRA issued a receipt of $123, 000 instead of K 123, 000 or its dollar equivalent. This made William Tamba, as the agent for Shared Resources Limited knowingly over-collect 851.46 metric tons of white maize valued at $110, 689.21.

And in a similar incident, the Commission has arrested Rodger Mulao, 39, a former protocol officer at the Ministry of General Education for theft by public servant, fraudulent false accounting, forgery and uttering of false documents, contrary to the laws of Zambia.

Particulars are that on dates unknown, but between 1st September, 2015 and 31st December, 2017, Rodger Mulao jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown did steal K 66, 675 from the group imprest of K 157, 054 meant for the delegation of the then Honourable Minister of Education tour of Northern, Luapula and Muchinga Provinces.

Mulao, in his capacity as imprest holder for the said activity did forge details of 11 beneficiaries purporting that they had received a total sum of K 66, 675, when in fact not. He further went on to falsely account for the K 157, 054 by way of retiring the said funds, purporting that the retirement had been approved by his supervisors when in fact not.

All the suspects are on police bond and will appear in court soon.

Meanwhile, the Commission in Southern Province has arrested one person identified as Doubt Mwiinga, 36, a businessman of B489, Shampande compound in Choma district for trafficking in 1, 160 sachets of heroin and 75.48 Kilograms of cannabis. The suspect who has been on the Commission’s watch list for a long time is in police custody and will appear in court soon.

In the picture below are some of the sachets of heroin