While real criminals go free: man imprisoned for corruption involving a mattress and K100

The Kitwe Magistrates Court has sentenced a Mine captain at JCHX Mining Construction Limited to 12 Months imprisonment with hard labour for corrupt practices involving a mattress and K100.

Kitwe Magistrate Hon. Maxwell Mainza on 3rd June 2013 found Nicholas Nkonde guilty of corrupt transaction by private person contrary to section 20(1) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 38 of 2010 as read with section 14 (3) (e) of the interpretation and general provisions Act Chapter 2 of the Laws of Zambia.

Details of the offence are that Nkonde, 43, of House No. 145, Railways Compound in Kitwe, a mine captain at JCHX Mining Construction Limited, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown, corruptly solicited for K100.00 and actually received a mattress from a Peter Sikanyika as an inducement or reward in order for Nkonde to drop the charge of absenteeism and reinstate Sikanyika to his position as a Mechanic, a matter or transaction which concerns JCHX Mining Construction Limited, a private body.

Nkonde was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment with Hard Labour, suspended for 6 months.

Jonathan Siame who speaks for the Anti-Corruption Commission, which arrested Nkonde even had the audacity   to urge members of the public to refrain from engaging in corrupt practices, and take a stand against corruption by reporting all suspected cases to the ACC.

The same ACC has failed to take Wynter Kabimba and GBM to court when they are involved in more serious corruption,


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