THE Anti-Corruption Commission arrested former Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary for Administration Kakulebelwa Mulalelo who was out of the country from February this year for corrupt practices.
Mulalelo, 47, of Meanwood Ibex Hill in Lusaka, has been arrested for Willful failure to comply with applicable law and procedure contrary to section 34 (2) (b) of the Anti-Corruption Act No.3 of 2012.
In a media statement, ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said it is alleged that between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017, Mulalelo, being a person whose function concerned the management, administration and use of public revenue, jointly and whilst acting together with other persons, willfully failed to comply with the law relating to procurement in awarding a contract to IVECO South Africa Limited for the supply of 50 ambulances to the Ministry of Health.
He said investigations have revealed that the Ministry of Health procured 50 Ambulances from IVECO South Africa Limited at an inflated total cost of US$13,750,000.00 without following duly laid down procurement procedures.
He said Ms Mulalelo as Chief Planner-Infrastructure, at the Ministry of Health, was part of the Ministerial Tender Committee that approved the procurement 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.
Mr Moono said Ms Mulalelo has been released on bond and will appear in court soon.