Former MP Muteteka sentenced to a year in jail for abuse of office authority

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The Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has sentenced former Chisamba Member of Parliament Moses Muteteka to 12 Months imprisonment with hard labour and a fine for theft and abuse of authority of office in a matter involving involving Hammermills, bicycles, and Solar panels.

Resident magistrate Hon. Evans Hamaundu found Muteteka guilty on One Count of theft by Public Servant contrary to Section 272 and 277 of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia, and One Count of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 99 (1) of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the laws of Zambia.

In the first Count, details are that Muteteka, on unknown dates but between 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2011, in Chibombo District of the Central Province of the Republic of Zambia,jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons did steal one (1) hammer mill bearing engine number |d2.1006.07 1100037and mill number 8146, the property of the Chibombo District Council.

He was found guilty on this charge and sentenced to 12 Months Imprisonment with Hard labor, suspended for 2 years.

In the second Count, details are that Mr. Muteteka, on unknown dates but between 1stJanuary 2011 and 31st December 2011 inChibombo, being a person employed in the public service as a member of parliament for Chisamba constituency as well as deputy minister of local government and housing, jointly and whilst acting together with other unknown persons, abused the authority of his office by giving a hammer mill he obtained from Gender in Development Division (GIDD), meant for the Chisamba constituency, to his sister Rosemary Mulongwe, an act which was arbitrary and prejudicial to the interests of the government of the republic of Zambia.

He was found guilty and fined K10, 000 or 9 months imprisonment in default.

The properties involved in the case will be forfeited to the State.

Mr. Muteteka was arrested by The Anti-Corruption Commission in January 2013 and charged with eight (8) counts of abuse of authority of office, and one (1) count of theft by public servant.

He was acquitted on seven (7) counts of abuse of authority of office.

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23 COMMENTS

    • Good verdict Judge. Jail that good-for-nothing crooked individual. Let it Serves as a warning to all PF cadres

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    • Hauling in the big fish for corruption is a good start. But I still think 1 year in prison is way too lenient. 10 years in prison should be the minimum for corruption. That’ll help deter others from even thinking about being corrupt. Corruption is far more deadly than any disease you can think of. If not put under control, a country
      can never develop or go anywhere. Great start though. Thumbs up to the ACC and the judges. No one should be above the law. Absolutely no one. We the Zambian people support and stand behind you. Keep up the good work.

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  1. This is what will happen to those who think they are untouchable today. What a way to leave politics. PF learn some lessons from your friends, this explains why some leaders want to prolong their stay in power, look to what has happened to Mugabe? Africans what is wrong with us? I salute one Ian Khama a true son of Africa.

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  2. This is a good move. However, it takes too long for these crimes to be curbed. There is need for authorities to track these cases in time and act swiftly to stop the vice.

    Today we are busy discussing Auditor General’s reports. These irregularities might even take three to four years before people can be held accountable. Zambia is nowhere closer to fighting corruption.

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  3. When we start seeing this from our legal friends we will now have hope justice still lives in Zambia too many an prosecuted Case’s

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  4. LAZ should step up and give advise on the current findings in the Auditor General’s report. Many current and past holders of public offices have plundered our economy, we need all of them to account and pay back what they [email protected]% gross misappropriation of public funds, how do you expect govt projects to be completed honestly.

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  5. Chagwa Lungu should soon equally dance a similar tune. Lungu is stinking with corruption. Kambwili has for several occasions revealed to the entire country and the rest of the world that President Lungu has corruptly amassed a lot of wealth within a short space of time. Lungu is greedy and has no vision to solve Zambia’s problems.

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    • Suppose like what happened to KK the guy hasn’t stolen what are you going to say. You only say Edgar has stolen because HH has said so. Just wait for that time instead of shooting in the dark.

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  6. But this is a suspended sentence, he is not going to jail because he was sentenced to 1 year but suspended for 2 years

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  7. If it was a poor man he could have gone in jail and served more than 1 year. A THIEF IS A THIEF AND THIS ONE SHOULD GO TO JAIL. THE PROSECUTION TEAM SHOULD APPEAL THE SENTENCE TO BE INCREASED OR AT LEAST REMOVE THE SUSPENSION. THIS SHUD BE DONE SO THAT THOSE LOOTING AND ABUSING AUTHORITY SHUD PREPARE THEMSELVES 4 NDENDE!

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  8. Muteteka already looks sick.Infact he was pardoned on medical grounds by Edgar Lungu that time he was jailed for another crime

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  9. Its a pity for a young man like Mozee Maxwell Muteteka whom I have known from his childhood to end up like that. I don’t know how to describe the situation he found himself in. I don’t think he was ready for the big office and its huge responsibilities. This a big lesson to others who want aspire for public office that you jump around abusing public resources but time will always catch up with one. Its now Mozee alone or for himself because the chap has all along been afflicted with a stroke. I pray to God to heal this young man from whatever he is going through.

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  10. A guy steals a chicken he goes in for a year. This is pure corruption of which our Judiciary are not ashamed of. The prosecution cant appeal as they are all part of the system. What’s a shame. Jails are only for poor people.

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  11. The next person should be the genius Ex MP Finance minister Alexander Chikwanda, embezzling millions to the Chinese, selling our main resource of income (copper mines) for peanuts, oh yes and i forgot for also molesting young girls… A lifetime in prison is what he deserves in his retirement….

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