Kapoko and four others jailed 18 years for theft and corruption

By Staff Reporter

The Lusaka Magistrates Court has sentenced Henry Kapoko, former Ministry of Health Chief Human Resources Officer and four others to 18 years imprisonment with hard labour each for corruption, money laundering and theft of over K6million.

The sentence includes five years each for theft, 5 years for money laundering and a further nine years for theft by public servant.

In a ruling that lasted for two days, Principal Resident Magistrate Exnobert Zulu convicted Kapoko aged 45, three accountants namely , Zukas kaoma, 47, Evaristo Musaba, 56, Vincent Luhana, and an Internal Auditor Jasper Phiri, 46.

However, Zulu has acquitted Roy Maswenyeho, Luke Makeche, Chrispine Sichone, Nobert Peleti, and Essau Banda as no offence had been proved against them.

Kapoko and nine other officials from the Ministry of Health were jointly charged on 67 counts following investigations conducted by the Anti-Corruption Commission, Zambia Police, and Drug Enforcement Commission and were found with a case to answer in all but one counts by the magistrates court.

Magistrate Zulu in his ruling ordered that all convicts properties and accounts in which stolen money was deposited be forfeited to the State.

He also entered a statutory judgement in favour of the Attorney General to recover over K6.8m from the convicts.

The said properties include 24 motor vehicles including BMW, Mercedes Benz, Nissan Truck. Others are 3 houses, 2 Lodges, 1 Filling station, 5 bank accounts.

He ruled that for the money to move in the fashion it did, there was collusion among the five convicts, and therefore the five were also ordered to pay costs incurred by the State during the court process.

Magistrate Zulu found that there were hyper activities in terms of the money Kapoko was depositing into his business and personal bank accounts. He said that Kapoko continued to endorse dubious payments from the Ministry of Health to a named consultancy agency, even after he had been transferred to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.

This was evidenced in the cheques and payment vouchers that were found in his house by the investigative wings.

He said that it was peculiar that Kapoko was making huge bank deposits at the same time he was acquiring high value motor vehicles and properties.

In this nine year trial, the investigative wings conducted an investigation following the unearthing of a scam involving corruption, theft, and money laundering at the health ministry.