The Lusaka High Court has denied Henry Kapoko and four others bail pending appeal in a matter in they were convicted and sentenced to 18 years for the offences of theft by public servant and money laundering before High Court Judge Lombe Phiri after the subordinate court refused to grant them the application in August this year.
Kapoko, Zukas Kaoma, Evaristo Museba, Vincent Luhana, all accountants at the ministry of health, and an internal Auditor Justin Jasper Phiri renewed their application for bail pending appeal against their conviction but was rejected.
Mr. Kapoko and four other officials from the ministry of health were jointly charged by the anti-corruption commission on 67 counts following investigations conducted and were found with a case to answer on 66 counts by the magistrate’s court.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the mongu subordinate court has refused to grant bail pending appeal to Naomi Mutesi Makole who was convicted and sentenced to 3 years’ simple imprisonment for corrupt practices by public servant contrary to section 19(1) of the anti-corruption act no. 3 of 2012 in July 2018.
Delivering the ruling, Chief Resident Magistrate Lameck mwale says the convict’s application did not disclose any exceptional circumstances to enable him exercise his discretion to grant him bail.
This is contained in a statement made available to q-news by ACC Corporate Affairs Officer Jonathan siame.