A number of recent "corruption watch" related news :
Former Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) postmaster general, Paul Simfukwe, has been arrested for alleged abuse of K1.1 billion. He has been charged with abuse of authority of office, contrary to the Laws of Zambia. The charge is "in connection with his approval of renovation works done on house number 52/12 Mungule Road, Northrise in Ndola amounting to K1, 142, 135, 634.00 without following tender procedures”. Simfuke appearing before the local magistrate denied the charge.
Police in Chirundu are sitting on a formal complaint by teachers that K100 million has been stolen from Chirundu high school. According Watchdog Zambia sources, the prime suspect in the theft is the head teacher of Chirundu High school Arnold Mumba. It is believed that that Mumba and others collected this money as vehicle fund from pupils in the period 2008 to 2011 but upto now the said bus has not been bought. When irate parents and teachers comforted Mumba, he is said to have told them that he only had K18 million which he has already spent on a lab project.
Former Deputy Minister Gaston Sichilima is facing possible arrest for failing to pay back to Government over K122 million which he had obtained as imprest but failed to retire. According to documents from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr Sichilima, while serving as deputy minister, obtained K122, 716 million over a period of three months, monies which to this date have not been retired. This came to light yesterday when Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Maxwell Nkole appeared before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to present a memorandum on the Auditor General’s report for the financial year ended December 31, 2010 and chaired by Chipangali Member of Parliament, Vincent Mwale.
The World Bank has revealed that it will soon surrender names to government of senior government officials in the Levy Mwanawasa regime who received bribes from a French company called Alsterm. World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani disclosed to the Zambian government that it will handover the details of the officials to President Michael Sata so that appropriate action may be taken against them. Ms Mulyani said she could not mention the names of the ministers who received the bribes as this could jeopardize the security of the witnesses. She said the referral to be sent to government will contain an explanation on how the corruption happened and the people involved. This appears to be one to watch.
Government has dissolved the Frank Ng'ambi-led Natsave board over a K10.8 billion computer software deal hatched with a Nigerian company during former president Rupiah Banda's tenure of office. The National Savings and Credit Bank (NATSAVE) in 2009 irregularly awarded six contracts worth K10.8 billion to various local firms, including a Nigeria-based company, Neptune Software Plc, for the supply, delivery and installation of the Rubikon University Banking Solution software and other related software at the local bank's head office and 27 branches at a cost of K3,870, 900,000 (US $759,000).