School accountant nabbed over K360,000

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By NATION REPORTER
@Sunzambian
A 42-year-old Accounts Assistant from Namwala Secondary School has been arrested for money laundering activities involving K360, 000

Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC) public relations officer, Theresa Katongo said the suspect identified as Manfred Hatamba, of B5 Nchete Compound in Namwala, stole K360,000.00 in his capacity as Accounts Assistant at the school.
Ms Katongo said Hatamba used the money to buy a plot in Monze, a television set, a fridge and also paid for his school fees at Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies.
“Particulars of the offence are that between 1st January, 2016 and 30th June, 2018, Manfred Hatamba inserted figures on dully authorized cheques to increase the amounts more than the approved amount,” she said in a statement.
Ms Katongo said the suspect had been charged with theft by public servant, fraudulent false accounting, altering of false documents and money laundering.
In Central Province, the DEC has destroyed over 1.7 tons of cannabis in an exercise conducted on Friday last week.
This is from 256 cases that have been disposed of by the courts of law for the period July 2019 to October 2020.
Ms Katongo said drugs destroyed included 1.45 tonnes of dry cannabis, 342.5 kilogrammes of loose cannabis and 300 grams of cannabis seed.
She said two people were arrested for trafficking in 14.14 kilogrammes of loose cannabis.
Ms Katongo said those arrested include Kebby Mutomwa, 43, of Chembwe village in Kapiri Mposhi for trafficking in 10.3 kilograms of loose cannabis and Charity Chanda, 44, also of the same village for trafficking in 3.84 kilograms of loose cannabis.
She said the suspects were in Police custody and would appear in court soon.

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