An intensified campaign to have Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda removed from the PF government and replace him with his counterpart in the former MMD administration Ng’andu Magande has been exposed.
But when contacted Mr Magande expressed ignorance on the matter saying he had not heard anything with regards to such an appointment.
He said “these offers have to be considered. One needs to take a lot of serious consideration before making any decision. I can’t say whether I will accept the position because it has not been mentioned to me”.
Highly placed officials at Cabinet Office told the Daily Nation that Mr Chikwanda was being implicated in fabricated road contracts in which he was supposed to have been involved.
Mr Chikwanda has been accused of soliciting for procurement of equipment for the township projects Pave Zambia 2000 from his sources in South Africa and also that the minister interfered in the awarding of the Kitwe Chingola dual carriage way to Syno Hydro Company.
The sources discounted the charges as the work of individuals with their own vested interests to promote.
Mr Chikwanda was considered as one of the major pillars in government and was a highly respected man by the international community.
Most roads are managed by the Road Development Agency and funded by both local and international funding.
The agency is headed by Mr Bernard Chiwala a former chief executive officer of the former Zambian Airways whose directors are Mutembo Nchito, Fred M’membe and Nchima Nchito.
Former President Rupiah Banda at one time accused Mr Magande of wanting to abet tax evasion by the defunct airline.
Mr Banda told the nation at the time that he had documents that proved that Mr Magande was going to allow Zambian Airways get away with the debt.
But Mr Magande denied that he at any point abetted tax evasion by the airline.
He said then that directors sought the deferment of US $ 1.9 million tax arrears payment to government and that he was loath to having Zambian Airways grounded.
The sources said that in similar circumstances two ministers were reshuffled as a result of allegations of irregularities on road contracts.
Vice President Guy Scott has also not been spared from allegations by the schemers who that he pressured the signing of a memorandum of understanding with an Indian firm for business deals with the Zambian government.