TWO former Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs accountant and his assistant have been charged and arrested for alleged money laundering activities involving over K4 million.
The two been identified as Augustine Mungandu, 53, residing in Chamba
Valley, Lusaka and Shadreck Matabishi, 45 of Plot 55504 Chalala, off Shantumbu Road.
Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public relations officer Mathias Kamanga said on dates unknown but between 1st January
2019 and 30th November 2019 jointly and whilst acting together with other persons
unknown, the duo allegedly stole K3,533,770.51 from the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs.
He said the two are alleged to have fraudulently withdrew money over the counter on Electronic Funds Transfer
Advice (EFTA) which were in other people’s names as beneficiaries without their
“It is further alleged that Mr Mungandu and Mr Matabishi and other persons unknown, on dates known but between 1st January 2019 and 30th November 2019 did forge a letter instructing a named bank to transfer money amounting to K476,000.00 to an account from which they made several cash
withdraws and used the money for their own personal benefit,” he said.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident DEC has arrested Gift Mpulumba Katuka, 34,
residing at Kabitaka Extension, Plot No. 11291, Solwezi for theft by public servant,
forgery and uttering, and money laundering.
Mr Kamanga said particulars of the offence are that Gift Mpulumba Katuka, an Assistant Registration Officer at the Department of National Registration, Passport and Citizenship office in Solwezi jointly and whilst acting together with other persons unknown on dates unknown but between 24th May 2018 and 11th February 2021 did steal K997,620.00.
He said Katuka allegedly purported to have deposited the said money into the Government Account and even forged deposit slips when in fact not.
“A house at plot number 11291 in Kabitaka
Extension in Solwezi has since been seized from the suspect. All the suspects are on police bond and will appear in court soon,” he said.