…as ACC clears Kaizer Zulu of corruption
THE Chinese national who is alleged to have offered a US$ 200,000 bribe to special assistant to the President for Political affairs Kaizer Zulu, has denied ever offering such a bribe and the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has since written to the Head of State aknowledging that the allegations against Mr Zulu were malicious and unfounded.
ACC director general Rosewin Wandi has also tendered her apology to President Lungu for the leaked letter in which she had said Mr Zulu was being investigated for allegedly receiving US$200 000 from Mr Zhiang, a Chinese national of Hua-Jiang Construction Company, to fix an appointment with the Head of State.
According to a letter dated 20th April, 2015 addressed to President Lungu, Ms Wandi said preliminary investigations against Mr Zulu had been concluded and that the allegations could not be substantiated.
She said following the revelations that the allegations were unsubstantiated, the Commission had closed the matter.
But in her letter dated 30th March, 2015 and captioned “alleged corruption against Mr Kaizer Zulu, Special assistant to President (political affairs), Ms Wandi stated that it was alleged that Mr Zulu solicited for US$1 000 000.00 and actually received US$200 000 gratification from Mr Zhiang, a Chinese national and owner of Hua-Jiang Construction Company as inducement to Mr Zulu to facilitate a meeting between the contractor and the Head of State.
But Mr Zhiang has denied ever bribing Mr Zulu and revealed that he had complained to the ACC and Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) charging that the malicious reports being published against him and Mr Zulu was incorrect and meant to scandalize his business and Government officials.
“I wish to inform Your Excellency that the preliminary investigations instituted by this commission into the alleged corruption against Mr Kaizer Zulu, special assistant to the President (political affairs) have now been concluded and the allegations have not been substantiated. The matter has hence been closed,” Ms Wandi said.
She said it was disturbing that her letter to President Lungu had been leaked to the media and that she had commenced investigations.
Ms Wandi said the commission had engaged the Zambia Police to establish the circumstances surrounding the leaked letter because, according to her, the matter was of grave concern.
“Your Excellency, the commission is however disturbed by the alleged leakage to the media, of the letter I earlier on wrote to Your Excellency concerning these allegations. I caused internal investigations to be conducted to establish the circumstances surrounding the alleged leakage as it is a matter of grave concern to us.
“The Zambia Police Service have since instituted their own investigations into the same and we will cooperate fully in the investigations being conducted and ensure appropriate measures are taken,” Ms Wandi said.
And TIZ executive director Goodwell Lungu told the Daily Nation yesterday that the Chinese national approached his organisation to seek advice on the matter and revealed that he did not give Mr Zulu any money.
“The Chinese national come to our office and complained bitterly that the said allegations are false and that at no time did he offer Mr Zulu any money.
“A Chinese national, who did not want to be named, has confirmed that he had given ACC the same information when he was summoned and that the information which was being reported was not true,” Mr Lungu said.
Mr Lungu said TIZ has since written to Ms Wandi demanding for a clear position on whether it was true that the Chinese national who is supposed to be a key witness in this matter completely denied the authenticity of the said allegations.
“TIZ fully supports ACC investigating of any public official, even sitting senior Government officials, as this sends the right message. In view of the information that TIZ has received from the Chinese national and in order to protect the integrity of ACC investigations, we shall be grateful to receive your position on the said matter,” Mr Lungu said.
Last week, a confidential letter from Ms Wandi to President Edgar Lungu about investigations against Mr Zulu was leaked to the Post newspaper and since then there have been calls for his dismissal.