THE Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) says a fake teacher has been committed to prison for six months after failing to pay a K60,000 fine slapped on her in February this year by the Nakonde Magistrates’ Court.
In a statement, Thursday, ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono stated that Catherine Nakamba aged 30, of Muzabwela Village in Nakonde District was in February this year convicted of 2 counts by the Nakonde Magistrates’ Court and sentenced to twelve (12) months simple imprisonment for each count to run concurrently.
The sentences were, however suspended and the convict was also fined K 60,000 which she was ordered to pay within 6 months, failure to which she would serve six months in prison.
“In 2018, the Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Catherine Nakamba and charged her with one count of uttering a false document contrary to section 352 and 347 and one count of obtaining pecuniary advantage by false pretenses contrary to section 309 (a) respectively of the Penal Code chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia. Particulars of the offence in count one are that on a date unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 31st January 2013 at Nakonde in the Nakonde District of the Muchinga Province of the Republic of Zambia, being a public officer namely a teacher employed in the Ministry of Education, Nakamba did knowingly and fraudulently utter a false document namely a Teacher’s Certificate no. 14288 to the District Education Board Secretary purporting that the said document was genuine when in fact not,” stated Moono.
“Under count two, the particulars are that on a date unknown but between 1st January 2012 and 31st January 2017 at Nakonde in the Nakonde District of the Muchinga Province of the Republic of Zambia, being a Public Officer namely a teacher employed in the Ministry of Education, Nakamba did dishonestly and with false pretences purport to have a Primary Teacher’s Certificate in order to be employed as a teacher by the District Education Board Secretary under the Ministry of Education and was so employed, by virtue of which she obtained pecuniary advantage in form of salaries amounting to a total of K 184,084.70.”
Moono further stated that Nakamba was currently committed to the Nakonde Correctional Facility where she will serve six months of imprisonment.