Trafigura saga must be probed

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) must reopen the investigations into the US$500 million Trafigura oil scandal in which former minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba was implicated before he was cleared, Evangelical Youth Alliance International president Moses Lungu has advised.

And UPND member Edward Mumbi has said President Edgar Lungu should demand a report from the ACC on investigations which were instituted against Mr  Kabimba in the Trafigura saga to understand the current fuel politics and decide the way forward,

Rev. Lungu said the corruption allegations in the procurement of petroleum products in the country would only end if President Lungu allowed ACC to reopen the investigations in the US$500 million Trafigura oil scandal involving Mr Kabimba.

And in an interview, Mr Mumbi said the irregularities in fuel supply started when President Michael Sata directed the ACC to stop investigating his ministers including Mr Kabimba without his permission.

Soon after the Patriotic Front formed Government in 2011, President Sata dissolved the Energy Regulation Board and appointed Mr Kabimba to chair a commission of inquiry into oil procurement.

The former Justice minister later with colleagues formed a company called  Midland Energy, to participate in oil trading and distribution.

It was during that time that allegations of Mr Kabimba benefiting from the oil procurement process emerged although the ACC cleared him without an inquiry as the respondent declined to be subjected interrogating by junior ACC staff.

Mr Mumbi said the nation did not know how much information ACC had on Mr Kabimba after he was summoned over the Trafigura oil deals.

“If President Sata didn’t issue a statement warning the ACC against investigating his ministers without informing him, ACC were going to have made public the findings of their investigations into the Trafigula saga,” he said.

Mr Mumba said when investigations of the Trafigula saga started, citizens were confident that the ACC would tell them their findings.

He said Mr Kabimba should not be blamed for what was happening now, because it was President Sata who instilled fear in ACC to stop investigating Mr Kabimba.

Mr Mumba said the report of the Energy Regulation Board (ERB) commission of inquiry which was chaired by Mr Kabimba should also be submitted to the President again to help identify what went wrong during the supply of fuel during that time.

But on Thursday, Mr Kabimba denied having any connection to Trafigura, Zambia’s crude oil supplier. Mr Kabimba maintained that he did not know what Trafigura was all about.

But Rev. Lungu said it was only fair for Government to end the corruption allegations in the procurement of petroleum products for Zambia by allowing ACC to reopen investigations in the matters which were closed under the directives of President Michael Sata.

“It is clear now that Mr. Kabimba who is Rainbow Party president is aware of the corruption in the procurement of oil and petroleum products in Zambia. It is only fair that ACC summons him by reopening that old file and let him tell the nation what he knows,” said Rev. Lungu.

He said the continued attacks on President Lungu’s leadership from certain individuals were making the Government unpopular and it was only fair for ACC to do what was right


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