Sheriff´arrested for stealing K50million


The Drug Enforcement Commission of Zambia has arrested a senior officer at the Sheriff´s office for theft of public funds amounting to over K50 million.

Mcgee Mukelabai Luywa, an assistant Sheriff at the head office in Lusaka was arrested for stealing money belonging to the Judiciary of Zambia.

DEC spokesperson John Nyawali explained that Luywa, with other unknown persons between 1st April 2010 and 31st December 2010 allegedly stole K50, 350,000.

He said Luywa was supposed to deposit this money into the judiciary account but diverted it to personal use.

Luywa has been released on K80 million bond.

Nyawali also disclosed that the DEC has arrested a Director of Vandana Engineering Limited for issuing a cheque amounting to K50 million on an insufficiently funded account.

Neeraj Lutchman Mahabeen, a Technician by profession issued the cheque to his business partner on an insufficiently funded account contrary to the National Payment Systems Act No.1 of 2007 of the Laws of Zambia.

Others arrested for money laundering activities during the week was a Technical Marketing Officer at MRI seed company for stealing over K75 million from his employers.

Eric Mwenda, 37 has been jointly charged with two other employees who were earlier arrested for the same offence.

A 65 year old man of Kanyama Township in Lusaka was also arrested for being in possession of over US$10,000 of counterfeit notes.

Bwalya Chileshe who has also been charged for impersonation as a retired senior police officer was arrested from Lusaka industrial area after trailing him.

Chileshe was arrested together with a 36 year old blind man and his wife both of old Avondale.

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