Former Mines Minister Maxwell Mwale has been sentenced to 12 months in imprisonment with hard labour for abuse of authority of office.
Magistrate Lameck Mwale sentenced the former Member of Parliament for Malambo to a year in jail but ordered that 5,000 bicycles worth over K1.5 million suspected to be proceeds of crime confiscated by the state be returned to him since he was not convicted on that offence.
He said Mwale abused his authority of office by facilitating the issuance of mining licences to a Chinese firm.
The court had also acquitted Zhongui International Mining Industry Group Limited, which was charged with corrupt clearance of 5,000 bicycles for Mwale and paying K473, 000 to the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).
Magistrate Mwale said Mwale abused his authority of office when he interfered in the issuance of mining licences to Zhongui International Mining Industry Group Limited.
Magistrate Mwale said the former Minister should serve time in jail as a way of deterring other public officials from abusing their offices.
He observed that cases of abuse of office authority are now becoming rampant hence the need to deal with them.