The Chipata Subordinate Court has convicted a former Assistant Accountant in the Ministry of Health for corruption and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with hard labour.
Fred Halwiindi, a former accountant in Eastern Province was found guilty of 18 counts of theft by public servant, one count of possessing property suspected to be proceeds of crime and one count of Forgery.
And Chipata Magistrate Honourable Pauline Mulenga has sentenced Halwiindi to two years with hard labour.
According to a statement issued by Anti-Corruption Commission Corporate Affairs Officer Christopher Chibanku, particulars of the case are that on dates unknown but between 1st September 2011 and 30th September 2011 in Chipata District being an Assistant Accountant in the Ministry of Health, Halwiindi did steal a cumulative total sum of over K600,000 the property of the Government of the Republic of Zambia which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.
In another count of Possession Property Suspected to be Proceeds of Crime, particulars are that on dates unknown but between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2011 in Chipata District, Halwiindi had in possession of a house on property number 2852 Little Bombay in Chipata, a property suspected of being proceeds of crime.
The house valued at K850, 000 and other items such as laptops, computers, printers, air conditioners have since been forfeited to the State.
“In the other count, Particulars are that on dates unknown but between 1st June 2011 and 31st December 2011 in Chipata District, Halwiindi, with intent to defraud or deceive, did forge 24 Finance Bank Cheques contrary to section 342 and 347 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia. Halwiindi purported that the said cheques were genuinely authorized and signed by Dr. Davie Simwaba, the then Chipata District Medical Officer, when in fact not,” read the statement.