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Friday, 20 March 2009

Zambia: Kayumba Goes in Seven Years

FORMER Zambia Air Force (ZAF) commander, Sande Kayumba, has been jailed for seven years with hard labour on seven counts of abuse of authority of office and corrupt practices.

Deputy director of court operations, Edward Musona, sitting as a magistrate in Lusaka yesterday, also sentenced Kayumba’s co-accused, former ZAF chief of logistics, Andrew Nyirongo, to seven years imprisonment on four

counts and Base Chemicals executive director, Amon Sibande, to seven years with hard labour on six counts.

Kayumba was sentenced to seven years imprisonment on each of the seven counts, bringing the total number of years to 49 but the sentences will run concurrently, meaning he will only serve a maximum of seven years.

The court also ordered the forfeiture of the properties that the two former ZAF officers obtained during their service with the air force.

This was in a case in which Kayumba was jointly and separately charged with Sibande.

They were facing the charges of abuse of authority of office and corrupt practices contrary to sections 37 (2) (a) and 41 of the Anti-Corruption Commission Act number 42 of 1996.

Kayumba was acquitted on three counts of abuse of authority, Nyirongo was acquitted on two and Sibande on three due to lack of evidence.

In passing judgment, Mr Musona said he appreciated the fact that the three suffered from heart problems and had hypertension but it was his duty to hand down a sentence appropriate to the acts.

He said he also appreciated that Kayumba and Nyirongo had dedicated their youth and elderly lives to serve the ZAF and the security of the country, but the actions of the two needed a sentence that would befit their deeds.

“My judgment will, therefore, be as follows: Kayumba I sentence you to

seven years imprisonment with hard labour on each of the counts convicted and they will run concurrently,” he said.

In mitigation, the three said through their defence lawyers that they had hypertension, heart problems and were married with school-going children and orphans who depended on them.

The lawyers were Clavel Sianondo for Kayumba, Richard Mandona for Sibande

and Remmy Mainza for Nyirongo.

Source:Times of Zambia

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