ACB arrests Jean Mathanga

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Former ESCOM Board Chairperson, Jean Mathanga and former Chief Executive Officer John Kandulu have spent the night in the cooler following their arrest by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) yesterday.

The two joined former ESCOM Director of Procurement, Fanuel Nkhono and Senior Procurement Officer Emilias Kandapo who were also arrested by the bureau on Wednesday.

The arrests are in connection with alleged fraud and corruption in procurement processes.

A statement signed by ACB Principal Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala reveals that on 21 September, 2016, the bureau received a complaint alleging that the power supplier made procurements worth K4 billion without following proper procedures.

It further indicates that investigations by the ACB unearthed that there was procurement at ESCOM which was done without laid down procedures.

The four are believed to have committed an offense of abuse of office contrary to section 25B of the Corrupt Practices Act and will be taken to court after the ACB has recorded statements from them.


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