DEC nabs Medicines Regulatory Authority finance manager


The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a Finance Manager at the Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) for alleged theft by servant involving over K30,000.

Mathews Banda, 41, has been arrested for theft by servant contrary to section 277 of the penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

DEC Public Relations Officer Theresa Katongo confirmed the development to ZANIS in a statement issued in Lusaka today.

Particulars of the offence are that Mathews Banda on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2007 and 31st August, 2011 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown with intent to defraud did steal K31, 700 from the Government .

This was when he continued drawing salaries from Lundazi District Health Office after being transferred to Pharmaceutical Regulatory Authority now Zambia Medicines Regulatory Authority (ZAMRA) in 2007.

The suspect was getting paid the difference between the basic pay at ZAMRA and a basic pay from Lundazi District Health Office from September, 2007 to October, 2010.

However, Mathews Banda in his capacity as Finance Manager at ZAMRA and a custodian of the payroll stopped effecting the deductions between the two basic pays and started drawing double salaries from ZAMRA and from Government from November, 2010 to August, 2011 thereby benefiting himself K31, 700.00.

Meanwhile, Ms. Katongo disclosed that the Commission in Eastern Province has arrested Moses Nkhoma, 34, a peasant farmer of Buchuzi village for unlawful cultivation of fresh cannabis plants inter-cropped with maize weighing 108 kilo grams.

She said in Muchinga Province the Commission arrested eight  people who include one Tanzanian national and seven Zambians for allegedly trafficking in various quantities of cannabis.

Ms. Katongo said the suspects were nabbed after a joint operation conducted in Katozi village with the Zambian  Police and their Tanzanian counterparts.

The DEC PRO said all suspects will appear in court soon.