Transparency International Zambia has welcomed the sentencing of Former Ministry of Health Human Resources Officer Henry Kapoko to two years imprisonment by the Lusaka Magistrate court for abuse of authority of office.
TIZ Information Officer Charles Chulu says the sentencing of Mr. Kapoko will send strong self-control signals to would-be offenders.
Mr. Chulu said TIZ does not rejoice in seeing people going to jail but strongly feel that society needs leaders who are champions of integrity, accountability and transparency.
“As TIZ, we strongly believe that it does not pay to involve oneself in criminal activities but rather the results are always unpleasant. In this light, Zambian people expect their leaders of Mr. Kapoko’s standing to abide by the Zambian laws,” Mr Chulu said.
“We further hope that the lesson of sentencing of Mr. Kapoko will compel public officers to refrain from engaging in similar criminal offences that in the end deplete public tax payers’ money.”