By Maimbo Mweemba
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested and charged six Ministry of Health officials with Willful Failure to Comply with Applicable Law and Procedure involving the Honeybee scandal.
ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe says that officials include Wilson Lungu aged 37 of Chalala, a Chief purchasing and supplying officer, Dr Daniel Makawa aged 45 of Chongwe, a Senior registrar -Surgery, Obert Hachizobe aged 37 of Garden House area, an accountant,Emmanuel Mubanga aged 51 of Ibex Hill, a Pharmacist and Abel Livingi aged 36, a procurement officer of Lilayi area.
Ms Chibwe said they have each been charged with one count of Willful failure to comply with applicable law and procedure.
And, Ms Chibwe said Boyd Mwanashimbala aged 50, a pharmacist of Makeni area has been charged with two counts of Willful Failure to Comply with Applicable Law and Procedure.
“Details are that on dates unknown but between July 1st 2019 and December 31st , 2019, the officials jointly and whilst acting together failed to comply with applicable procedure and regulations relating to the evaluation of tender number MoH/SC/032/19 to supply and deliver health centre kits, a tender in which Honeybee Pharmacy was awarded a contract to supply 22,500 health centre kits,” she said.
Ms Chibwe said the six have since been released on Bond and will appear in Court on 21st December, this year.