Former Lands Minister, Gladys Nyirongo, has been sentenced to four years imprisonment with hard labour for corruption.
Lusaka Magistrates, Sharon Newa, sentenced Nyirongo, 51, of house number 10 Chavuma drive, Highridge in Kabwe to two years imprisonment with hard labour in the first count and four years in the second count.
Nyirongo was charged with two counts of abuse of authority while in office contrary to Section 99(1) of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the laws of Zambia.
In the first account it was alleged that on dates unknown but between January 1, 2006 and February 2007, Nyirongo, who was employed in the public service as Minister of Lands abused her position when she directed a Ministry of Lands officer Daisy Mulenga Msoka to generate offer letters in the Foxdale to selected individuals.
The court ruled that Nyirongo contravened land alienation procedures when she offered land to Walinase Nyirongo, Janet Isaac Nyirongo, Peter Kapolyo, Peter Ngulube and Precious Ndhlovu. Other beneficiaries were Doris Mulenga Mubanga Nuyunji, Mickey Mukubu, Mwelwa Kamfwa, Bruce Chipasha and Dingwall Hayden.
In the second count, Nyirongo, whilst serving as Lands Minister, abused her authority when she directed junior technical officer in the ministry of agriculture and cooperatives to sub-divide Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines Farm No. F/309a to create property No. L/1934/M for herself.