In 2009, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received complaint alleging that Mr. Elijah Kabotolo, Agricultural Extension Development Officer (AEDO) and Mr. Paul Walaza (village headman Kayesa) created a ghost village known as Makhula/Kayesa 2 village in Mchinji during the 2008/09 season with the aim of getting the coupons for themselves.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau investigated the matter and confirmed the allegation.
On 15th August, 2012, the Anti- Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Elijah Kabotolo and Mr. Paul Walaza. They were taken to Mchinji Magistrate’s Court. They were charged with one count of abuse of office contrary to Section 25B(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and one count of giving false information to a person employed in the public service contrary to Section 122 of the Penal Code.
On 27th February, 2015, Mchinji Magistrate’s Court found Elijah Kabotolo and Paul Walaza guilty of both counts and convicted them. They were sentenced to thirty six (36) months and twenty one (21) months imprisonment with hard labour on each of the two counts respectively. The sentences have been suspended for two years on condition that they do not commit any Corrupt Practices Act offence within the suspension period.
EGRITA M. NDALA
SENIOR PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL