FOLLOWING investigations into the procurement of 39 motor vehicles during the 2021 campaigns, the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board (WCFCB) of Directors has terminated the contract of its Chief Executive Officer, Priscilla Bwembya.
In a memorandum addressed to the workers, the Board of Directors said the termination of employment for Mrs Bwembya comes after disciplinary hearing on charges levelled against her.
“Please be informed that following disciplinary hearing by Workers Compensation Board of Directors on charges leveled against Mrs Bwembya, the Board has terminated her services with effect from July 21st, this year,” reads the memo in parts.
In June this year, the Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) released 30 vehicles belonging to WCFCB which were deemed to be proceeds of crime.
In a media statement issued, DEC public relations officer, Mathias Kamanga said it was alleged that a fleet of motor vehicles had been procured fraudulently and that the motor vehicles were being used for campaigns by a named political party during the run-up to the August 12, 2021 general elections.
“Investigations were instituted into the allegations which led to the seizure of 39 motor vehicles. Investigations have since been concluded and the following are the findings, The Commission has established that the purchase of the said motor vehicles was done in accordance with the provisions of the law. As such, the said motor vehicles cannot be deemed to be proceeds of crime in accordance with the Prohibition and Prevention of Money Laundering Act No. 14 of 2001 as read with the Amendment Act No. 44 of 2010,” he said.
Mr Kamanga said regarding the use of the motor vehicles for campaigns, the Commission however, established that out of the 39 vehicles, nine were suspected to have been used for this purpose as they had been released to a certain Ministry for some “survey” assignment.
“The Commission has therefore released the 30 motor vehicles to WCFCB whilst the nine will be handed over to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to conduct further investigations in the matter. This is because the offences suspected to have been committed with the nine vehicles border more on abuse of authority of office contrary to the provisions of the Anti-Corruption Act,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022)
Esther Mwata Katongo among 14 officers separated from the police service
FORMER Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwata Katongo is among 14 officers that have been retired in National interest.
Also among the retired officers is former Copperbelt Province Deputy Police Commissioner who was also police assistant Commissioner Bothwell Namuswa.
“I wish to inform you that the Zambia Police service commission acting in the name and on behalf of his Excellency the President has directed that the following officers be separated from the service with immediate effect. The guidance for the speration should be as follows, those that have attained mandatory or early retirement or long service be sperated accordingly and the others should be be separated in National interest,”
“The people separated are Dr Fred Mulenga, Dolnard Mwandula, Chanda Chisanga, Mr Chisi Edwin, Namuswa Bothwell, Chaambwa Chrispin, Mbuzi Lazarous, Tembo Simon, Kataka Kozhi, Shinga Arthur, Ngosa Chipasha, Esther Mwata Katongo, Mbita Panza, Nkhoma Edgar, Hudson Zulu, Hamweene Aubrey,” read the directive.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, August 13th, 2022)
Honey Bee directors arrested for allegedly uttering false documents
THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested three directors of Honey Bee Pharmacy Limited for allegedly uttering of false documents.
ACC spokesperson Queen Chibwe said the Commission has arrested Abdurrauf Abdurahim Motala, 41 of house number 107 Umodzi Highway in Chipata, Zakir Motala, 42, of ABM Apartments in Lusaka and Imran Runat, 40, house number 429 Obote Road in Lusaka.
Mrs Chibwe said the directors have been arrested on one count of uttering of a false document contrary to section 352 and 347 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
She said their arrest comes in the wake of a contract awarded in August 2019 by the government of the Republic of Zambia through the Ministry of Health to Honey Bee Pharmacy, for the supply of 22,500 health kits to health centers countrywide at a contract sum of $17,000,000.00.
“Investigations have established that the three directors of HoneyBee Pharmacy Limited, uttered false documents to the Ministry of Health as part of the tender documents for the supply and delivery of health kits. The documents included, undated recommendation letters from South Africa and Malawi and an Audit Financial Statement purportedly prepared by an auditor but which was not the case,” she said.
Mrs Chibwe said the arrest is only one part of the many aspects of the case involving Honey Bee Pharmacy that the Commission has been investigating.
She said investigations on the other aspects continue.
(Mwebantu, Friday, August 12th, 2022)
Bus operators agree to reduce fares, RTSA says
AFTER running battles with police recently over the reduced bus fares that were announced by the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA), the bus operators have finally agreed to reduce the fares.
The bus fare reduction is effective tomorrow and will be displayed in all buses and stations.
Recently, after the announcement by RTSA to have bus fares reduced following the reduction of the fuel pump price by the Energy Regulation Board (ERB), bus operators had mixed feelings and refused to effect the reduced bus fares.
With the refusal to have the bus fares reduced, some bus operators on the Copperbelt went to an extent of causing havoc at Mulungushi station in Ndola where they started stoning police officers during a briefing that was being given by the Minister of Transport and Logistics Frank Tayali.
RTSA Head Public Relations Fredrick Mubanga said RTSA yesterday re-engaged stakeholders to resolve contentious issues on the adjustment of bus fares.
“The move is to uphold the smooth operations of the road transport sector in the country and safeguard the interest of the traveling public. From the foregoing, all concerned stakeholder have agreed on the following bus fare reductions,” he said.
He said the approved bus fare reduction is as follows, Intercity –Long Distance 10.0 percent. Copperbelt Local and other towns K2.00, Lusaka Local and other towns K2.00, Inter-Mine and Peri-Urban Copperbelt K4.00 and Lusaka Peri-Urban K4.00
“The new bus fares are effective August 12th, 2022. Further, bus operators are guided to revise the bus fare charts and display in all the buses accordingly,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, August, 11th, 2022)