The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), through its anti-money laundering investigations unit, has arrested six ministry of Local Government employees for money laundering activities involving K1.3 million.
DEC public relations officer Theresa Katongo named those arrested as Thomson Banda 53, a director of local government administration and Mary Lubinga, an assistant director for human resource and administration and Jimmy Chulu 43, an acting director for local government administration.
Others arrested are Raphael Mbewe 44, a senior accountant, Kister Kapota 41, an acting accountant and Edwin Muchinda 43, an accountant assistant.
Ms. Katongo disclosed in a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today that the six suspects have been charged with theft by public servant, falsification of documents and money laundering contrary to the laws of Zambia.
She said particulars of the offence are that between December 1, 2013 and April 30, 2014, Thomson Banda and Kister Kapota are alleged to have fraudulently authorized a transfer of K600, 000 from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) account meant for Rufunsa constituency to the grants account maintained at a named bank.
She explained that during the same period, Thomson Banda and Raphael Mbewe are alleged to have fraudulently authorized a transfer of K700, 000 from the CDF account meant for Rufunsa constituency to the grants account maintained at a named bank.
Ms. Katongo said the six suspects jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown allegedly did steal K1.3 million from the grants account by making various fraudulent payments.
She added that the accused are alleged to have further jointly and whilst acting together with other persons concealed or destroyed various financial records that were used for processing the various payments from the grants account and during the same period laundered K1.3 million.
Ms. Katongo said the six suspects will appear in court soon.