Kakulebelwa Mulalelo, the former permanent secretary for administration at the Ministry of Health, was detained by the Anti-Corruption Commission after leaving the country in February of this year in connection with corrupt activities
Mulalelo, 47, of Lusaka’s Meanwood Ibex Hill, has been detained for wilful disregard of the law and proper process, in violation of section 34 (2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012.
In a statement to the media, ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono stated that it is alleged that between January 1 and December 31, 2017, Mulalelo, who had the responsibility for managing, administering, and using public funds, willfully disregarded the law governing procurement when awarding a contract to IVECO South Africa Limited for the supply of 50 ambulances to the Ministry of Health.
Investigations, according to him, have shown that the Ministry of Health improperly bypassed established procurement processes when it purchased 50 ambulances from IVECO South Africa Limited for a total of US$13,750,000.00.
He said that Ms. Mulalelo, who serves as the Ministry of Health’s Chief Planner for Infrastructure, was a member of the Ministerial Tender Committee that approved the purchase of the ambulances.
“Earlier, Mulalelo was expected to have been jointly arrested and charged together with former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health for Technical Services Dr Kennedy Malama and three others in April this year but her whereabouts were unknown as she had been out of the country since February 2022 and only resurfaced this August,” he said.
Ms. Mulalelo has been freed on bail, according to Mr. Moono, and will show up in court soon.