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ACC arrests Auditor General Dick Sichembe

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The Anti-Corruption Commission has arrested and charged Auditor General Dick Sichembe for corrupt practices involving over K1million.

Dr. Sichembe, 52, of plot number A23 Miracle Lane Roma, Lusaka has been charged with one count of obtaining Goods by False Pretences and one count of Conspiracy to Defraud the Government.

He has also been charged with Willful Failure to Follow Applicable Procedures Contrary to Section 34 of the Anti-Corruption Actm

Dr. Sichembe has further been charged with one count of Theft by Servant.

This is contained in a statement issued by ACC Head of Corporate Communications Timothy Moono.

“Details are that on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2018 and 31st December, 2021 in Lusaka District, Dr. Sichembe jointly and whilst acting together with other persons, whilst serving in his capacity as Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance and subsequently as Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General, did receive various payments for fictitious activities purporting that all activities were actualized and performed when in fact not to which he received an accumulated sum of K1,160, 639.57 in allowances (exclusive of salaries), acts prejudicial to the rights and interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia,” Mr Moono said.

Mr Moono said Dr. Sichembe has since been released on bond and will appear before court soon.

12 COMMENTS

  1. Did we not tell you how corrupt these upnd thugs are. The level of corruption under upnd will be historical.

    Remember there is no such thing as a fat woman, only a weak man.

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  2. Although I didn’t agree with the manner Dick Sichembe sensationalized his audits, I think the timing and the manner he’s been removed from office will one day backfire on those involved. How can he be arrested and his entire Department paralyzed at a time he’s questioning the shoddy fertilizer deals? It’ll be difficult to sympathize with the UPND when their time to reckon comes due to such excesses. Nipano tuli

    • True. The plan is to replace him so that the “right person” takes over. So how do you do it? Start fishing for something until it’s found. Even Moono himself is not innocent of wrong doing… just look at his life style…. look at the mansions people are building all over the country, cars they’re driving…in short everyone has one or two skeletons.

    • It’s the duty of whoever is appointed to replace Dich Sichembe should he lose his job to audit the financial operations of the Republic of Zambia. Why didn’t we see similar readers’ concern when Ronnie Mwambwa could not be confirmed despite being qualified and acting as auditor-general for a number of years after Anna Chifungula’s retirement?

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  3. If the Auditor General received those fictitious allowances in 2018 – 2021, then ACC indeed need to investigate him. Remember this is what all Directors and senior officers currently on suspensions at MoF were doing led by Fredson Yamba. That is what genuine investigations entails like a cyclone that sweeps all debris in its path.
    Curry on ACC as we hear cries from sympathisers who benefited directly or indirectly – Lets go Kaizer Zulu.

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  4. If the Auditor General received those fictitious allowances in 2018 – 2021, then ACC indeed need to investigate him. Remember this is what all Directors and senior officers currently on suspensions at were doing led by
    Curry on ACC as we hear cries from

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