Former Community Development Minister Emerine Kabanshi Jailed for Corruption

The Lusaka Magistrate Court has convicted and sentenced Former Community Development Minister, Emerine Kabanshi to two years simple imprisonment on two charges of willful failure to follow procedure contrary to Section 34 (2)(b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012 of the Laws of Zambia.

Lusaka Resident Magistrate Honourable Lameck Mwale convicted and sentenced Emerine Kabanshi aged 56, a former Community Development Minister to two years simple imprisonment.

Details in the first count are that Mrs Emerine Kabanshi on dates unknown but between 1st January 2017 and 21st August, 2017 in Lusaka District being a Minister in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services willfully failed to comply with the law, applicable procedure or guidelines relating to procurement by extending the scope of coverage of contract No. MCDSS/SP/10/2017 between Zambia Postal Services Corporation (ZAMPOST) and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to include three (3) Provinces and two (2) Districts under Social Cash Transfer Programme.

In count two, the details are that Mrs Emerine Kabanshi on dates unknown but between 21st August 2017 and 20th April, 2018 in Lusaka District being a Minister in the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services willfully failed to comply with the law, applicable procedure or guidelines relating to procurement when re-engaging ZAMPOST as payment service provider under contract No. MCDSS/10/2017 for Social Cash Transfer Programme following the termination of the said contract.

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