Former North-Western PS convicted of corruption

By Staff Reporter

Former North Western Province Permanent Secretary Fabian Mumba has been convicted by the Solwezi Magistrate Court for corrupt practices.

Mumba was in 2017 arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and was jointly charged with the then Procurement Manager at the provincial administration, Collins Kapapala on one count of wilful failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines contrary to the Laws of Zambia.

This was in a case of abrogating guidelines relating to the procurement of works for the upgrading and maintenance of the Margrade Extension Road in Solwezi which was awarded to Hillers Construction Company Limited without following procedures, contrary to section 33(2) of the ACC Act number 38 of 2010.

Particulars of the offense were that Mumba and Kapapala, on dates unknown but between January 1, 2007 and August 31, 2011 did wilfully fail to comply with applicable laws, procedures or guidelines.

When the matter came up before Principle Resident Magistrate Davies Chibwili in the Solwezi Magistrate Court, Collins Kapapala walked to freedom after being acquitted while his boss has been handed a six months jail term but suspended for two years.

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