The Chingola subordinate court has sentenced a male accountant from Kazenene Investments Limited to six months simple imprisonment for corrupt practices with a public officer involving K30,000.

Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Corporate affairs officer Collins Chilambwe disclosed in a statement, Thursday, that the employee identified as Charles Sampule 37 gave K 10,000 to two NAPSA officers to scrap off arrears and penalties the company owed to the authority.

“In presiding over the matter Solwezi Magistrate Honourable Tamara Kakusa who was sitting in Chingola, sentenced Charles Mabo Sampule, 37, of BRRSV Complex Riverside, Chingola an Accountant for Kazenene Investments Ltd to six months simple imprisonment,” read the statement

“Details are that the duo, jointly and whilst acting together, corruptly offered K 30 000 and actually gave K 10 000 cash gratification to Brian Ntanda and Kambole Mutiti, as an inducement or reward for the said Ntanda and Mutiti to facilitate the illegal reduction or scrapping off of the contribution arrears and penalties owed by Kazenene Investments Ltd to National Pensions Scheme Authority a matter or transaction that concerns National Pension Scheme Authority, A Public Body,”

And an assistant Accountant Francis Chishala 40 of the same firm jointly charged with Sampule was acquitted.

“Meanwhile, Honourable Kakusa acquitted Francis Chishala, 40, of Plot number 53 off Mimosa Kabundi North, Chingola an Assistant Accountant of the same firm who was jointly charged with Sampule. The Anti-Corruption Commission in 2014 arrested the two Accounts personnel at Kazenene Investments Ltd in Kitwe for corrupt practices involving K 30, 000. They were arrested and jointly charged with one Count of Corrupt Practices with Public Officer contrary to section 19 (2) as read with section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act no. 3 of 2012,” stated Chilambwe.