Chipata couple arrested for stealing Euro 200, 000 meant for AIDS projects

The Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) has arrested a programmes manager at Mthunzi Development Foundation for theft and money laundering activities involving over K137 million.

The programmes manager and his wife have also allegedly stolen a further EURO 200,000 from the same organization.

DEC public relations manager John Nyawali has confirmed that Patrick Banda, aged 40, was arrested together with his wife Sarah who is a signatory to the organizations account.

Mthunzi Development Foundation is a Non Governmental Organization based in Chipata District of Eastern Province offering support to HIV/AIDS and vulnerable people in society.

Mr. Phiri in his capacity as Programs Manager together with his wife as programs officer stole over K137 million and an additional EURO 200,000 from the organization by diverting the money to purchase personal properties.

The couple forged receipts from local business entities purporting to have procured the intended items when in fact not.

The money was donated to the organization by Zambia National Aids Network (ZNAN) and European Union for the organization’s various projects.

The Commission has since blocked the organization’s accounts to prevent further loss of donor funds and a high-tech refrigerated truck together with a Toyota corolla belonging to the couple have been seized.

Mr. Phiri together with his wife were released on K200 million bond.

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