Lusaka police constable convicted for corruption

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—-The Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has convicted and sentenced to three years imprisonment a Zambia Police constable of Lusaka for soliciting and receiving a total sum of KR6, 300 on four different occasions.

Principal Resident Magistrate, David Simusamba, convicted Brian Mambwe, 34, on four counts of corrupt practices by a public officer contrary to Sections 19 (1) and 40 of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) number 38 of 2010 at the Lusaka Magistrates’ Court today.

Details of the conviction are that on four occasions Mr Mambwe corruptly solicited and received K1, 000, K2, 000, K2, 500 and K800 rebased cash from Esau Thole as an inducement not to have the said person arrested and charged for having caused damage to property through the use of explosives.

This is according to a statement made available to ZANIS by ACC Acting Spokesperson Queen Chibwe.

Magistrate Simusamba read out the sentence and stated that Mr Mambwe will serve a concurrent three year sentence for all the four counts with effect from today Friday February 22, 2013.

Meanwhile, a Zambia Police Officer who was arrested by the ACC in September last year on allegations of receiving a bribe has pleaded not guilty in the Kabwe Magistrates’ Court.

The police officer is alleged to have attempted to swallow the bribe money after he was caught by ACC officers.

The suspect, identified as Changano Changano, a police constable, was arrested by the ACC on September 18, 2012 together with his counterpart, Roy Sitenge, while receiving a bribe of KR500  from a person only identified as Lumailmayaso as an inducement to dispose of a case involving a stolen computer which the two officers were investigating.

Trial continues on March 26.