Former Zambia National Service (ZNS) Commandant, Wilford Funjika has paid back over K111 million, equivalent to 15,000 British Pounds, to the state following a court order in October last year.
Lieutenant General Funjika was on October 31st, 2007, convicted of two counts of corrupt practices and abuse of authority of office respectively, and sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour but suspended for two years.
In the first count, Funjika was accused of corrupt practices when 15,000 British pounds was corruptly paid to his children as a reward for awarding contracts to Semyon Holdings without following laid down procedures.
In the second cound, he was charged with abuse of authority of office for allegedly engaging Semyon Holdings to supply raincoats to ZNS at a value of 72,000 Pounds.
After his conviction, Funjika was ordered to pay back the 15,000 Pounds paid to his two children for their school in the United Kingdom by Semyon Holdings as a reward from the company engaged by their father.
Task Force on Corruption Public Relations Officer Victor Makai disclosed in a statement to ZANIS today that Funjika has since paid in court, K111,176,756.00 (15,000 pounds).
“The money was paid back to the state within 90 days failure to which a warrant of distress was to be issued,” Mr. Makai said.
The payment was made on January 18th, 2008 in court.
He said the case was yet another success scored by the Task Force on Corruption in he quest to recover whatever was stolen for the people of Zambia by people in public office.
“It is also a timely warning to all those entrusted with the responsibility of managing public resources that, you should be accountable, failure to which the law will come knocking,” he said.