The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested an Insurance Officer at Lusaka City Council for soliciting for K10 million and receiving two million kwacha as a bribe.
ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono confirmed to ZANIS that Lawrence Kalando, 39 of house number 818 Kabwata Site and Service, was yesterday arrested and charged for one count of corrupt practices by public officer contrary to sections 29(1) and 41 of the Anti Corruption Commission Act No.42 of 1996.
It is alleged that on dates unknown but between 1st January 2008 and 13th August 2008 at Lusaka City Council, the said Lawrence Kalando solicited for K10 million and actually received K2 000 000 million from a named employee of Zambia State Insurance Corporation (ZSIC) as a reward for Kalando to keep him as an insurance agent between ZSIC and Lusaka City Council.
It is alleged that Kalando told the ZSIC employee that if he wanted to remain as an agent between the two institutions, he should be paying him 5 percent of his commissions.
Mr. Moono said Kalando has since been released on bond and with two working sureties in the sum of K10 million each and will appear in court on 4th September 2008.
Meanwhile, a Lusaka magistrate has convicted and sentenced Zacharia Khondowe to 24 months imprisonment with hard labour for one count of impersonating a public officer contrary to section 102 of the penal code.
Zacharia Khondowe is alleged to have impersonated himself as an Inspector from Environmental council of Zambia (ECZ) and thereafter solicited and received K300,000= cash gratification in order to prevent Benjamin Zonze from being arrested for operating a sawmill without a Licence from ECZ.
Magistrate Richard Choonga however, suspended the sentence for 24 months on conditions that Khondowe does not commit any offence in the same period.