Livingstone vet nabbed

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Livingstone has arrested a veterinary officer in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock for alleged corrupt practices involving over KR3, 000.

ACC Public Relations Manager, Timothy Moono, confirmed the development in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today and named the suspect as Ernest Ndalama.

Mr Moono disclosed that Dr Ndalama, who is the District Veterinary Officer for Livingstone and Kazungula, was arrested on Thursday May 2, 2013, and charged with one count of abuse of authority of office contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

He said Dr Ndalama, between October 1, 2011 and  December 31, 2011, abused the authority of his office by not following laid down tender procedures in the manner he purchased 350 animal ear-tags and an assortment of animal medicines valued at KR 3, 355 from Agrovet services, a company he owns.

Mr Moono said Dr Ndalama has since been released on police bond and is scheduled to appear in court on June 15, 2013.