Kasama Police Officer jailed 12 months for corruption
By Derrick Sinjela and Theresa Kalenga
The Kasama Magistrate’s Court has sentenced a 34-year-old Police Officer, Arnold Mutunda in Kasama to 12 months imprisonment with hard labour for corrupt practices involving bribery, confirmed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Spokesperson Queen K. Chibwe (Mrs.) in a Monday 30th August, 2021 Press Statement.
Mutunda, a Police Officer based at Kasama Police Station was on Friday 27th August 2021, found guilty on Two (2) Counts of Corrupt Practices by a Public officer contrary to section 19 (1) of the Anti-Corruption Act no. 3 of 2012
In Count 1, details are that Mutunda corruptly solicited and received K3, 500 cash gratification as an inducement or reward for him to facilitate the change of an offence in a named case from Aggravated Robbery to Theft.
In Count 2, Mutanda further on a different occasion corruptly solicited for a further K2,500 and received K2,000 cash gratification as an inducement or reward for him to facilitate the change of the offence in the same case from Aggravated Robbery to Theft.
The court found Mutunda guilty on both counts and sentenced him to 6 months imprison with hard labour on each of the counts to run consecutively with effect from the date of sentence. He will thus serve 12 months in prison with effect from Friday 27th August, 2021.
Mutunda was arrested by the ACC in February, 2020.