Anti-graft agency arrests Chipata head teacher for alleged abuse of office involving K21,000


The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Chipata has arrested a Petauke Boarding Secondary School Head teacher for abuse of office involving more than K21,000.

ACC Head of Corporate Communications, Timothy Moono , said Simeon Sayenela Lungu, aged 50, of house number B1, Chipata Day Secondary School Teachers compound was arrested for abuse of office involving over K21,000.

Moono in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday said Lungu had been arrested and charged with nine (9) counts of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 21 (1) (a) as read with Section 41 of the ACC Act No. 3 of 2012.

He said on multiple occasions between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020, Lungu abused the authority of his office in the manner he arbitrary authorized Daily Subsistence Allowances (DSA) and loan payments to himself.

Moono said this included, five other members of staff, using public funds, an act prejudicial to the interest of the Government of the Republic of Zambia.

“Lungu on separate occasions, authorized payments of K5,000.00, K3,000.00 and K6,000.00 to himself, as loans for his personal benefit using public funds,” he said.

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Moono said on separate occasions, he also authorized payments of K1,000, to three (3) members of staff, and another K1,500 to a member of the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA), as loan facilities for their personal benefit using public funds.

He said Lungu authorized a payment of K 2, 020 as DSA to himself when he travelled to Lusaka for private business using the school bus, and another K 915 to a school driver as DSA and transport, to enable him travel to Lusaka to drive his personal vehicle when he could not drive.

“Lungu has since been released on bond and will appear in court soon,” Moono said.

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