Dick Sichembe, the Auditor General, has been detained and accused of engaging in fraudulent activities involving over K1 million by THE Anti-Corruption Commission.
Two counts of conspiring to defraud the government and one count of obtaining goods under false pretenses have been brought against Dr. Sichembe, 52, of plot number A23 Miracle Lane Roma, Lusaka.
Additionally, he is accused of willfully disregarding applicable procedures in violation of Section 34 of the Anti-Corruption Act.
A single accusation of Stealing by Servant has also been brought against Dr. Sichembe.
This is stated in a statement made by Timothy Moono, director of corporate communications for the ACC.
“Details are that on dates unknown but between 1st January, 2018 and 31st December, 2021 in Lusaka District, Dr. Sichembe jointly and whilst acting together with other persons, whilst serving in his capacity as Accountant General at the Ministry of Finance and subsequently as Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General, did receive various payments for fictitious activities purporting that all activities were actualized and performed when in fact not to which he received an accumulated sum of K1,160, 639.57 in allowances (exclusive of salaries), acts prejudicial to the rights and interests of the Government of the Republic of Zambia,” Mr Moono said.
Mr Moono said Dr. Sichembe has since been released on bond and will appear before court soon.