Immigration officer sentenced 2 years for theft

By Staff Reporter

The Solwezi Magistrates Court has sentenced an Immigration Assistant Officer to two years imprisonment with hard labour for obtaining money by false pretences and theft by public servant involving K116,600.

ACC Corporate Affairs Officer Jonathan Siame said in a statement that the convict was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Commission in June 2017.

Principle Resident Magistrate Davies Chibwili found Ben Mpundu Sokoni, 44, an Immigration assistant officer in charge of Zambezi district of house no. A26 Ndeke compound, guilty on 13 counts of obtaining money by false pretences and two counts of theft by public servant contrary to section 3019 and 277 as read with Section 265 respectively of the Penal Code Cap 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Sokoni has been sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour on each of the 13 counts, and two years imprisonment with hard labour on each of the other 2 counts. The sentences will run concurrently with effect from 28th May 2017.

Particulars of the 13 counts of obtaining money by false pretence are that Sokoni, on dates unknown but between November 1, 2012 and  December 31, 2014 in Zambezi, North-Western Province, being an Immigration assistant officer, did by false pretence and with intent to defraud obtained K106, 100, purporting that he would facilitate the extension of temporal employment permits for employees of Stefanutti Stocks Construction Limited Company, when in fact not.

Particulars of the two counts of theft by public servant are that on dates unknown, but between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014, Sokoni being a public officer did steal K10, 500, which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.