THE ANTI-Corruption Commission has arrested three Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) employees in Choma of Southern Province for corrupt practices.
ACC public relations manager Dorothy Mwanza confirmed the of the trio in a statement saying they had all been charged with one count of corrupt practices by public officer contrary to section 19 (1) as read with section 40, of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
She identified the three arrested DEC assistant investigations officers as Clement Kennedy Mwepu 41, of Plot 2264B, New Kalundu, Mweebo Mushokabanji 46, of house No. M114 Mukasa off Namwala Road, and Lawrence Chikoli 55, of House No. 943D, New Kabanana all residents of Choma.
“Particulars of the offence being that Clement Kennedy Mwepu, Mweebo Mushokabanji and Lawrence Chikoli on dates unknown but between 1st July 2018 and 30th September 2020 in Choma, did solicit for K3, 000.00 cash gratification from a named Choma Resident, as an inducement or reward to facilitate the release of a named Suspect from Prison on a lesser sentence, a matter or transaction that concerns the Drug Enforcement Commission, a Public Body,” she said.
Mwanza said suspects were arrested on Monday and they have been released on bond and are expected to appear before the Choma Magistrate Court today.
©Kalemba December 24, 2020