The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) in Kitwe has arrested Kitwe Community Development College Principal for corruption involving K1 million.
ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono identified the suspect as Steven Phiri 43, of house number One Kitwe Community Development College.
In a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today, Mr. Moono said Mr. Phiri has since been charged with one count of corrupt practices by public officer, contrary to section 29(1) and 41 of the ACC Act number 42 of 1996.
Mr. Moono stated that Phiri is alleged to have solicited for and received K1 million cash as gratification from Robert Sakala, a director of SAROZA Enterprise, a Kitwe based company.
He said the amount was paid as an inducement or reward for Mr. Phiri in order for him to release a cheque of over K5. 4million to Mr. Sakala for the last payments on works done at the college by SAROZA Enterprise Limited.
SAROZA Enterprises Limited was contracted by the college to fix tiles in the classrooms at the institution of which an initial payment of K9.2 million was paid.
Mr. Moono said a surveillance operation was mounted in Kitwe after Mr. Phiri called Mr. Sakala demanding for the said K1 million.
He said Mr. Phiri was apprehended after receiving K1 million bait money which was later retrieved from him by alert ACC officers.
Before his arrest, Mr. Phiri had managed to hand over the cheque to Mr. Sakala .
Mr. Phiri has since appeared before court for plea, and trial on the matter is expected to commence soon.