Four Zomba City and District Councils’ officers have been convicted for misappropriating K3, 487, 350.00 National AIDS Commission (NAC) meant for training of care givers.
The four, District Social Welfare Officer, Oliver Msyamboza, Accounts Assistant (Zomba City Council), Lawrence Mkombezi, Assistant District Social Welfare Officers, Harry Gondwe and Leviak Mhango have been convicted after been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
ACB arrested the convicts on 23rd May, 2012 following a complaint In September, 2008 which alleged that Nkombezi and a Mrs. Mchombo, District AIDS Coordinator, misappropriated the funds.
However, ACB’s instituted investigations cleared a Mrs. Mchombo as she was not directly involved in the matter.
The Bureau established that Msyamboza and Nkombezi misappropriated the funds while Gondwe and Mhango gave false information confirming that the trainings for caregivers took place when they were never conducted.
Msyamboza and Nkombezi have been convicted on the count of theft by public servant and forgery contrary to Sections 283 (1), 354 and 351 of the Penal Code respectively.
Nkombezi has also been charged with an additional charge of possession of unexplained property contrary to Section 32 of the Corrupt Practices Act.
While Gondwe and Mhango have been convicted on one count of giving false information to the Anti-Corruption Bureau officers contrary to Section 14 (1)(a) of the Corrupt Practices Act.
The four are expected to be back in court for sentencing on 28th March, 2017.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :