Zambia

Former Health PS quizzed over the accumulation of K2.4 billion debt by the Ministry of Health for Covid-19 supplies

The Anti-Corruption Commission says it has recorded a warn and caution Statement from former Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Akakulubelwa Mulalelo.

According to a statement issued to the media by ACC Public Relations Manager Timothy Moono, Ms Mulalelo appeared before the AAC for questioning today in Lusaka.

Mr Moono disclosed that the Commission has been conducting investigations into alleged irregularities in the awarding of a tender to Honeybee Pharmaceuticals by the Ministry of Health.

He further revealed that the investigations are progressing on well and have since reached an advanced stage.

“As you may be aware, The Anti-Corruption Commission has been conducting investigations into alleged irregularities in the awarding of a tender to Honeybee Pharmaceuticals by the Ministry of Health.

“I wish to inform you that the investigations are progressing well and have reached an advanced stage. In this regard, the Commission summoned former Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Ms. Akakulubelwa Mulalelo to appear for questioning today,” He said.

“The Commission has recorded a Warn and Caution Statement from Ms. Mulalelo, and the Commission will in due course transmit the case file to the National Prosecutions Authority for further action”.

Mr Moono said a joint team comprising officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission, Drug Enforcement Commission and the Auditor-General’s Office has been constituted to look into the matter involving the accumulation of K2.4 billion debt by the Ministry of Health for Covid-19 supplies.

The investigations follows allegations of price inflations and mismanagement of the procurement process in acquiring the Covid-19 supplies.

“I also wish to inform you that a joint team comprising officers from the Anti-Corruption Commission, Drug Enforcement Commission and the Auditor-General’s Office has been constituted to look into the matter involving the accumulation of K2.4 billion debt by the Ministry of Health for Covid-19 supplies.

“This follows allegations of price inflations and mismanagement of the procurement process in acquiring the Covid-19 supplies,” he said.

The Commission has since assured the nation that it will pursue all cases of corruption diligently and to their logical conclusion.

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