Rural Electrification Authority in court for firing corruption whistleblowers

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The Rural Electrification Authority (R.E.A) has been found with a case to answer and subsequently put on its defence by the Lusaka Magistrates%u2019 Court for terminating the employment of three employees who reported suspected corrupt activities at the institution to the Anti-Corruption Commission.

In March this year, the Anti- Corruption Commission instituted legal proceedings against the Authority for terminating the employment of the three whistleblowers.

The Rural Electrification Authority is charged with Unlawful Reprisal contrary to section 46 as read with section 18 (c) (iii) of the Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistle-blowers’) Act No. 4 of 2010 of the Laws of Zambia.

Details of the offence are that the Rural Electrification Authority, on dates unknown but between 1st November 2012 and 30th November 2012 in Lusaka, engaged in unlawful reprisals against three employees by terminating their contracts of employment for having blown the whistle against the then Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Serenje.

The matter, which is before Lusaka Magistrate Borniface Mwiinga, comes up on 22nd October, 2014 for opening of defence.

Meanwhile, Serenje was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission and charged with Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to section 99(1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

This is contained in a statement issued to QFM News by ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono.
( Wednesday 10th September 2014 )