A Magistrate in Mansa has sentenced a senior economist at the Ministry of agriculture in Mansa to two years imprisonment with hard labour after finding him guilty of theft and money laundering involving over K160 million.
Charles Chilufya, a senior economist and marketing development coordinator for Luapula province was found guilty of stealing a total of K161 million property of the Republic of Zambia.
Chilufya, 48, stole the money which was given to his office for sensitization and training of farmers in oil palm growing and marketing project in Luapula valley.
Chilufya, who was arrested by the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Drug Enforcement Commission in 2008, was found guilty of seven charges of forgery, theft and money laundering.
Commenting on the sentencing, Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public relations manager John Nyawali said DEC is happy with the conviction as it sends a strong warning to people stealing public funds that the long arm of the law will catch up with them.
Nyawali also disclosed that the Commission has seized a motor vehicle and chemicals used in the manufacturing of counterfeit notes from four businessmen of Lusaka.
He said the vehicle was seized after a search where over US $2000 of counterfeit notes was discovered.
He was shy to name the suspects but claimed that the four have been detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon.