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LUSAKA VETERINARY OFFICER ARRESTED FOR CHARGING FARMERS TO TREAT ANIMALS

By Scoop Reporter

THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested Lusaka Provincial Veterinary Officer for corrupt practices involving over K28,000.00.

ACC Head – Corporate Communications Timothy Moono says Dr. Patricia Bwalya, 50, of Longacres area in Lusaka has been charged with one count of Abuse of Authority of Office contrary to Section 21 (1) sub (a) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

Mr. Moono says details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone Dr. Patricia Bwalya being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries did abuse the authority of office by irregularly charging members of the public for treating their animals despite such a service being free and her receiving a Government salary to perform that service.

He says in the second count, Patricia Bwalya is charged with one count of Corrupt Acquisition of Public Revenue contrary to Section 34 (1) Sub (a) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.

“Details are that on unknown dates but between the 1st August 2016 and 31st January, 2017 in Livingstone District, Dr. Patricia Bwalya, being a public officer namely Livingstone District Veterinary Officer in the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, did corruptly acquire public revenue in the manner she irregularly charged members of the public for treating their animals despite the service being free and she collected a total sum of K28,392.50 for her own benefit, matters or transactions that concern the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, a public body,” Mr. Moono said.

He said Dr. Bwalya has been released on police bond.

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