The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested and charged Water Resources Management Authority (WARMA) Director General, Kenneth Nyundu, for corruption involving over K700,000.00.
Nyundu has been charged with three counts of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 21(c) of the Anti-Corruption Act Number 3 of 2012, according to ACC Head of Corporate Communications, Timothy Moono.
Moono said this in a statement issued in Lusaka on Thursday evening and availed to Zambia Monitor.
He said Nyundu on dates unknown but between February 5, 2020 and July, 2022 in Lusaka, jointly and whist acting together with other persons unknown, with intent to deceive or defraud, did make a false document.
“The documents are the Performance Based Contract dated February, 5, 2021, a contract allegedly to have been made between WARMA and himself,” Moono stated.
He said in the documents, Nyundu purported to show that he was entitled to 20 percent Housing Allowance and 35 percent Vehicle Allowance, net of tax of his basic monthly salary when infact not.
Moono added that details in the second count are that Nyundu on dates unknown but between February, 5, 2021 and July, 30, 2022 in Lusaka, knowingly and fraudulently did utter to Joe Kalusa, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Water Development and Sanitation, a false document namely Performance Based Contract.
“This is dated February 15 2021, a contract allegedly to have been made between Water Resources Management Authority and himself and purporting to show that he was entitled to 20 percent Housing Allowance net of tax and 35 percent Vehicle Allowance net of tax of his basic monthly salary when infact not,” he stated.
Moono stated that details in the third count were that Kenneth Nyundu on dates unknown but between February 5. 2021 and 30th July, 2022 in Lusaka, dishonestly obtained an accumulated sum of K709,366.92.
He said this was a vehicle allowance from WARMA by falsely pretending that he had purchased a vehicle namely Toyota Hilux from a named car dealer when in fact not.
“The arrest follows investigations conducted on allegation that Nyundu made a false document, namely his contract of employment and did insert the words ‘net of tax’ to the false contract document and this triggered payment to him of more money in allowances which he was not entitled to,” Moono said.
He further stated that although Nyundu was entitled to a Vehicle Allowance, this was only to be effected when he purchased a Personal To Holder Motor Vehicle.
Moono said it was, however, alleged that Nyundu did not purchase a Personal To Holder Motor Vehicle but was using an institutional vehicle.
“It is alleged that Nyundu instead did present to WARMA a contract of purchase of a vehicle from a named car dealer purporting to show that he had purchased a vehicle when in fact not,” he said.
Moono disclosed that Nyundu had been released on bond and was expected to appear in court soon.
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