Mchinji Magistrates Court has slapped convicted Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) sales clerk with six-year jail term, but suspended the verdict.
The court on 28th June, 2017 convicted 60-year-old Isaac Balamanja, sales clerk at Kafulama Admarc depot in the district, on six counts for demanding extra money from beneficiaries of Farm Inputs Subsidy Programme (FISP).
Balamanja was arrested by the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) following complaints that he was pocketing K1,500 from each bag of subsidized fertilizer that he was selling to each FISP beneficiary.
He was caught by the community members while selling subsidized fertilizer at night. Nine bags of fertilizer were seized and exhibited in court.
ACB managed to secure seven people who were found with the fertilizer that night as witnesses.
Balamanja was charge with six counts of corrupt practices and abuse of public office contrary to Section 24(1) and 25B (1) of Corrupt Practices Act.
On Monday the court sentenced the convict to one year jail term on each count, but suspended the sentence to three years on condition that he does not commit a similar offence within that period.
The court suspended the sentence after considering the convict’s age.
Balamanja joined Admarc in 2012 sales clerk for Kafulama depot.