More arrested over plunder at health ministry

Eight more people have been arrested in connection with the K27 billion scam at the Ministry of Health.

Those who have been picked up are charged jointly with, Henry Kapoko, the man at the center of the financial scam.

They are alleged to have fraudulently obtained money from the Ministry of Health amounting to K6.8 billion.

Kapoko is already in detention charged with obtaining money by false pretences.

In the first case, Kapoko is alleged to have obtained K1.9 billion from the Ministry of Health, after purporting to have supplied assorted goods to the Ministry.

Police spokesperson, Bonny Kapeso, told Journalists in Lusaka on Saturday that Kapoko and the eight are remanded in custody and will appear in court on Wednesday, for plea.

Those also arrested with Kapoko are Algonquin Management Consultancy Director, Naomi Chawinga and shareholder of the same company, Masuzyo Chawinga, Ministry of Health Director of Health Policy Dr. Chrispine Sichone and former Principle Aaccountant, Roy Maswenyeho.

Others are senior accountant, Vincent Luhana and former Ministry of Health Chief accountant, now an officer at the accountant general’s office, Evaristo Musaba.

Ministry of Health Assistant Director of Administration, Nobert Peleti and Acting Principle Accountant at the same ministry, Kaoma Musonda are also among the people who have been detained.

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