THE Lusaka Magistrate Court has convicted a former Drug Enforcement Commissioner (DEC) assistant investigation officer to three years’ imprisonment with hard labour for corrupt practices.

According to a statement issued by DEC corporate affairs officer Crystal Mwale, Monday, the Court convicted Daniel Mwamba, 45, who was found guilty of corruptly soliciting K2,500 as gratification for the release of two suspects from remand prison.

“The Anti-Corruption Commission in 2017 arrested Daniel Mwamba, aged 45, of Kaunda Square, Lusaka and charged him with one count of corrupt practices by public officer, contrary to section 19 (1) as read with Section 41 of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012,” stated Mwale.

“Details are that on dates unknown but between 1st June, 2016, and 3rd August, 2016, Daniel Mwamba being a public officer did corruptly solicit K2,500 cash gratification, as an inducement or reward for the release of two suspects from remand prison, a matter that concerned the Drug Enforcement Commission, a public body. This matter was presided over by Magistrate Hon. Mary Chibanga.”