Surveyor arrested in connection with FTJ university fraud

 Surveyor arrested in connection with FTJ university fraud

By Staff Writer
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested a quantity surveyor in the construction of the FTJ University for fraudulent facilitation of payment.

Joseph Ngulube, 53 of Lusaka has been arrested and charged with one count of fraudulent facilitation of payment contrary to section 34 (2) (a) as read together with section 40(2) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.

ACC chief corporate affairs officer Timothy Moono said Mr Ngulube, being a Quantity Surveyor at the Ministry of General Education and part of the Project Management team for the construction of FTJ Chiluba University, did attempt to fraudulently facilitate a payment to China Energy Engineering Group–Hunan Electric Power Design Institute Co. Ltd by signing and issuing an Interim Payment Certificate No.2 valued at US$ 29,186,169.09 with an inflated sum of US$7,578,772.41 for goods purportedly supplied when in fact not.

“Mr Ngulube has been jointly charged with Joseph Phiri an Architect at the Ministry of Higher Education, who was recently arrested for a similar offence,” he said.

He said Mr Ngulube has since been detained at Ridgeway Police Station and will appear in Court today.

In this matter involving the construction of the FTJ University, the Commission has also arrested former Secretary to the Treasury Fredson Yamba, and two former Permanent Secretaries at the Ministry of Higher Education Owen Mgemezulu and Dr Nkanza.