• Former Army Secretary at Ministry of Defence Evaristo Sakala was arrested for corrupt practices involving US$ 400 million .
• This is in relation to the procurement of the Gulfstream G650 Presidential Jet.
• The arrest of Mr. Sakala brings the total number of arrests in this matter to six people
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested former Army Secretary at Ministry of Defence for corrupt practices involving US$ 400 million in relation to the procurement of the Gulfstream G650 Presidential Jet.
Commission Head of Corporate Communications Timothy Moono revealed that Evaristo Sakala of Lusaka, has been charged with one count of Willful Failure to Comply with Applicable Law and Procedure contrary to laws of Zambia.
Mr. Moono explained that between 1st January and 31st July, 2017, Mr. Sakala, being the Army Secretary and a member of the Ministerial Procurement Committee for the Ministry of Defence and whilst acting together with others, willfully failed to comply with the applicable law in the manner he approved the award of the tender number MOD/MPC/024- 17relating to procurement of the Modernization of the Defence forces Program at a contract price of US$ 400 Million to Elbit Systems Limited.
He said the arrest of Mr. Sakala brings the total number of arrests in this matter to six.
“Commission has so far arrested six individuals ,those arrested and charged are former Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Defence Stardy Mwale, former Defence Secretary Rtd. Brigadier General Michael Obister Mbewe and Former Ministry of Defence Director General Medical Services Rtd. Brigadier General Frank Hardy Sinyangwe, Others arrested are Director-Finance at Ministry of Green Economy and Environment Esabel Willima Chinji and Former Ministry of Defence Director Human Resources and Administration John Phiri,” Mr. Moono said.
Mr. Moono added that Mr. Sakala has since been released on bond and he is expected to appear in court soon.