Zambia convicts ex-finance minister for corruption

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A Zambian magistrate court has jailed former finance minister Katele Kalumba for 5 years after finding him guilty on corruption charges.

Magistrate Edward Musona said in a judgment yesterday he had considered that Kalumba had done a lot for Zambia when he served as minister under former president Frederick Chiluba but he had no option but to send him to jail.
“Considering this I will exercise maximum lenience and I therefore sentence you to 5 years imprisonment with hard labour,” Musona said.

The magistrate also found former ministry of finance permanent secretary Stella Chibanda guilty and sentenced her to 5 years imprisonment for corruptly receiving a farm and more than $50 000 from the treasury while in office.

Kalumba, the national secretary of the ruling MMD party, and Chibanda received the money from the treasury through a secret intelligence account managed by the head of the intelligence service during Chiluba’s reign.

Business executives Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu jointly charged with Kalumba were each jailed for five years while former treasury officials, Benjamin Mweene, Bede Mpande and Boniface Nonde were given non-custodial sentences.

Kalumba’s lawyer Vincent Malambo said he would appeal against the conviction of the former minister and Chibanda on Thursday (today).

Source: www.af.reuters.com