Lusaka provincial veterinary nabbed

 Lusaka provincial veterinary nabbed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Lusaka Provincial Veterinary Officer for alleged corrupt practices involving over K28, 000.

Dr Patricia Bwalya, 50, of Longacres area in Lusaka has been charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office.

ACC Head of Communication, Timothy Moono said that details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone Dr Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries allegedly abused the authority of office by irregularly charging members of the public for treating their animals despite such a service being free and her receiving a government salary to perform that service.

He said the second count, Dr Bwalya is charged with one count of Corrupt Acquisition of Public Revenue contrary to Section 34 (1) Sub (a)of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.

Details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone District Dr. Patricia Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries did corruptly acquire public revenue in the manner she irregularly charged members of the public for treating their animals despite the service being free and she collected a total sum of K28,392.50 for her own benefit, matters or transactions that concern the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, a public body,” Mr Moono said.

Meanwhile, the Commission has arrested former Zambia Revenue Authority Assistant Director for Tax Appeals for corrupt practices involving K22,000.

Mr Moono said Sonkwe Kasonkomona, 43, of Lusaka has been charged with one count of Corrupt Practices.

He said details are that on dates unknown but between 1st February 2020 and 29th February 2020 Mr Kasonkomona being an Assistant Director for Tax Appeals at Zambia Revenue Authority jointly and whilst acting together with others unknown allegedly solicited for K22,000 as gratification or reward for the facilitation of the release of a truck registration number T673 DEV/T852 CVZ belonging to Ali Raza of Akeza Investments Trading as Ali Raza Investments, a matter or transaction that concern , a public body.

“Both Dr Bwalya and Mr Kasonkomona have since been released on Bond and will appear in Court soon,” he said.

Alice Nachilembe

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Alice Nachilembe is a Journalist who yearns for a better country with leaders being accountable to their mandate without oppressing the governed.