Education PS suspended for stealing K2.5 million

Henry Tukombe

– But won’t be arrested as the PF policy is just to deduct salaries for those who are caught stealing.

Permanent Secretary for Education, Henry Tukombe, two others, suspended for theft of K2.5million

Ministry of General Education Permanent Secretary Henry Tukombe is among key officials implicated in the theft of K2.5m funding meant for the running of schools in the country.

Cabinet Office has since suspended Tukombe and two other officials.

Tukombe has been suspended from his job to pave way for investigations after he and his accountants allegedly defrauded the Ministey of funds meant for DEBS and Secondary Schools in the country.

The Auditor General’s report for the year ended 2016 revealed that a Ministry of General Education employee paid himself a total of K2,577,055 in the year ended 2016, for unexplained purposes.

The Auditor General’s Report revealed that;, a Bwalya L and Phiri used different initials on nine (9) occasions to draw money from a Ministry of General Eduction account, in an attempt to conceal the fraud.

After the revelations, Henry Tukombe has been suspended until the investigations are concluded.

Cabinet Office has since appointed Mr. Louis Mwansa to act as Permanent Secretary in Henry Tukombe’s absence.

In July 2016, Edgar Lungu appointed Tukombe as Permanent Secretary.

During the swearing in, he Lungu implored Mr. Tukombe to improve financial accountability to ensure that budgeted funds for the Ministry helped improve the delivery of Standard and quality education in the country.

He also directed Tukombe to include all stake-holders in order to improve the standard of education in the country.

“I will urge you to cooperate with the leaders representing unions which are in the education fraternity. In the recent past, I realise that there was discord between the ministry and teachers who are the majority of your partners in delivering the service of education in the country.”

“So, develop a rapport with all the unions so that you are able to know what is going on and also know their needs and welfare. If you work in isolation, I am afraid you are not going to succeed. Teachers are your partners,” he said.

At this function held at State House, President Lungu swore-in Henry Tukombe as General Education permanent secretary, Mudford Mwanenga and Kondwa Chibiya as Human Rights Commission (HRC) chairperson and vice respectively.

Harrington Akombwa, Ackson Zulu, Fred Waliuya and Yuyo Kambikambi were also sworn in as commissioners.

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