The Anti- Corruption Commission ACC has arrested former Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota and former Chief Procurement and Supplies Officer at the same ministry Dorothy Katongo over Irregularities in the procurement of a building at over US$5 million.
ACC Chief Corporate Affairs Office Timothy Moono said Mr. Mushota and Ms. Katongo have been charged with five (5) counts of Willful Failure to Comply with Applicable Law contrary to the Anti-Corruption Act and three counts of giving false Information to a Public Officer.
Mr. Moono explained that Mushota and Katongo, whilst serving in their respective capacities at the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, willfully failed to comply with the law and applicable procurement procedures and guidelines in the procurement of infrastructure House, which was procured by Government through the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development at US$5.35 million from a company called Zamworth Construction.
“Mr. Mushota and Katongo facilitated the procurement of the building without clearance from the Government Valuation Department and failed to ensure that adequate funds were available prior to initiating the procurement process,” he said.
Mushota and Katongo have been released on Bond and will appear in court soon.