Former Zambian lands Minister Gladys Nyirongo has been sentenced to six years in prison for corruption involving state land, court records showed on Monday.

Nyirongo, who is still a legislator, is the latest high profile figure to be convicted of graft under Zambia’s widest anti-corruption crackdown since independence from Britain in 1964.

She was jailed on Friday for two years for giving 10 plots of land to her children and friends, and four years for awarding a state farm to herself through abuse of office.

Western donors and international agencies have praised Zambia’s government for tackling corruption. The graft crackdown was introduced by late President Levy Mwanawasa.

Lusaka magistrate Sharon Newa said in her ruling that Nyirongo would serve a maximum of four years in jail because the two sentences would run concurrently.



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