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TEAM TO PROBE K2.4BN COVID DEBT AT HEALTH MINISTRY SETUP

THE Anti-Corruption Commission has announced that a joint team comprising officers government investigative wings has nee set up to probe into the matter involving the accumulation of K2.4 billion debt by the Ministry of Health for COVID-19 supplies.

ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono disclosed in a statement that the investigation are being conductd by the ACC, Drug Enforcement Commission and the Auditor-General’s Office.

Mr Moono further revealed that the probe follows allegations of price inflations and mismanagement of the procurement process in acquiring the COVID-19 supplies at the Health Ministry.

“The Commission wishes to assure the nation that it will pursue these and other cases of corruption diligently and to their logical conclusion,” he said.

And Mr Moono says the Commission summoned former Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Akakulubelwa Mulalelo to appear for questioning over the awarding of a tender to Honeybee Pharmaceuticals by the Ministry of Health.

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

“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,” he said.

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