Don’t use marketeers to clean dirty money, Chishimba Kambwili tells Lungu

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Former Minister of Information Chishimba Kambwili says
President Edgar Lungu must not be using innocent marketeers to
clean dirty money through Presidential empowerment fund.

And Kambwili says government should immediately terminate the
$1.2 billion Lusaka-Ndola dual-carriageway contract because it
stinks of corruption.

Meanwhile, Kambwili says he has got nothing to do with a new
party called National Democratic Congress because he is still
PF.

At a media briefing at his house in Luanshya on Monday,
Kambwili challenged the Head of State to explain the source of
K10 million which he used to empower over 7 000 marketeers
across the country.

“They said that they were going to be disclosing where the
funds were going to come from, the donor who was going to put
in the money but how long has it taken now? The innocent
marketeers should be cleaning dirty money through market
empowerment fund. We want to know who are the donors who are
putting in that money? Zambians deserve to know, we don’t want
to speculate,” Kambwili said.

“So Mr President, we love you, you are humble man, very humble,
please tell us where you have gotten the K10 million that you
have pushed in the market empowerment, very good project but
where is the money coming from? We don’t want our marketeers to
be handling petty money, we want our marketeers to be handling
clean money and clean money can only be money that is
explained, the source is explained correctly to the people of
Zambia.”

Kambwili who is also expelled Roan PF member of parliament
insisted that President Lungu should explain what business he
was doing for him to acquire K21.5 million of assets within a
year.

“If you follow the President, he is a very unusual person, in
2015 when the late President Michael Sata died, he declared
that total asset portfolio was K2.5 million, one year later, in
2016, he declared K23 million as his total asset portfolio
meaning therefore that he had made K21.5 million within one
year. We would like to know what business the President was
doing to acquire K21.5 million of assets within a calender
period of 12 month. And we would also want to know if he is the
one funding the markets empowerment, where has he gotten this
K10 million from? We want people who are in state house to act
above board, we want people who want to be President to act
above board and I think Zambians deserve answers,” Kambwili
said.

And Kambwili said government should immediately terminate the
$1.2 billion Lusaka-Ndola dual-carriageway contract because it
appeared to be marred by corruption.

“We would like to appeal to this government to immediately
terminate and cancel the contract for the dual-carriageway from
Lusaka to the Copperbelt, not that we don’t want the road, not
that the people of Zambia don’t want the road, but I think
there are more questions to be answered on the integrity and
pricing of that contract. First and foremost, we want to know
whether the contract was advertised. How many companies
responded to the advert? What were the quotations of the other
companies that competed for this road project? Surely $1.2
billion can’t be single-sourced. Nowhere in the world where a
contract to the tune of $1.2 billion is single sourced. If it’s
true that this was single sourced, we demand that the
President, who went to open the project, should resign on moral
grounds,” Kambwili said.

“The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing [Ronald Chitotela]
should also resign on moral grounds, and people at RDA who were
involved in awarding this contract should be disciplined. I
think by and large, we cannot allow a few people to earn
commissions on road projects. We have been so docile as
Zambians not to question some of these unnecessary expenditure.
Nobody had a problem with the cost of Mongu-Kalabo road because
we all know the terrain of Western Province and because most of
that road is suspended on very heavy concrete but what has
necessitated the contract of 320 km from Lusaka into the
Copperbelt, into Ndola to cost US$1.2 billion? I am convinced
beyond reasonable doubt after consulting with engineers, very
high profiled civil engineers, that this cost has been inflated
because of people wanting to get commission. No wonder they
rushed to go and commission this project.”

Kambwili further said Zambians would not tolerate investors
coming to treat them like a piece of dirty cloth.

“We welcome all the investors, but the investors must act above
board. We are not going to have an investor whether Chinese,
Indian, Zambian, British, South African who is going to come
and treat our Zambian like a piece of dirty cloth, we are not
going to accept that. We want when the investor comes, they
must realise that God knew why he put copper under the Zambian
soil. If we may ask, why didn’t God put copper on the land of
China? He came and put copper here in Zambia son that the
people of Zambia can benefit. But what we are seeing now, the
people of Zambia are not benefiting so much from their rich,”
he said.

Meanwhile, Kambwili denied having formed the National
Democratic Congress party saying he was still PF.

“Me registering National Democratic Congress party? That’s Mr
Musenge there, the owner of National Democratic Party. Me I am
PF, I don’t know anything about it, me I’m PF,” said Kambwili.

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