THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has been challenged to expose the people behind the fraudulent awarding of the US$28 million oil contract to Trafigura, which is currently being investigated for allegedly using President Michael Sata’s funeral to syphon money from the country’s treasury.
Patriotic Front (PF) Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba said the country could have lost a lot of money in the alleged corrupt deal Trafigura could have cut with some known Government officials and it was important that the matter was thoroughly investigated and the culprits brought to book.
Mr Kamba said the PF was deeply concerned with the revelations that Trafigura was single-sourced to supply petroleum products worth US$28 million, a transaction which he said was also meant to sponsor confusion against the adoption of President Lungu during the transition period.
He revealed that the ruling party was aware that Zambia got into a fuel crisis a month ago because some people in the supply chain wanted to blackmail Government and that it had to take the intervention of President Edgar Lungu and Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda to normalize the situation.
The PF youth Lusaka strongman said it had become clear that the ACC was pursuing an agenda that was not in the interest of the Government and has demanded that the commission should explain how Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba was cleared in another oil scandal that saw the country lose more than US$300 million.
He told the Daily Nation that ACC was quick to announce the clearance of Mr Kabimba when he was Justice Minister and PF secretary general but wondered why the commission had not apologized to special assistant to the President for political affairs Kaizer Zulu.
He stated that Zambians had the right to know who was being investigated in the latest Trafigura oil scandal especially that it had been revealed part of the money in the contract was budgeted to cause confusion in the ruling party.
“Zambians would want to know who is behind this oil scandal involving Trafigura again. We were informed that Zambia lost more than US$300 million in the oil deal in which the country procured 216 million litres of petrol and 21 million litres of diesel at an inflated US$500 million instead of US$200 million.
We have yet again awaken to the shock that during the funeral of President Sata, Trafigura was awarded a contract to procure oil for Zambia at an overpriced charge of US$28 million.
Who has been benefiting from such deals especially that Trafigura has been accused of being part of the confusion that rocked the PF during the transition?” Mr Kamba wondered.
Mr Kamba challenged ACC director general Rosewin Wandi to state clearly why she had not publicly offered an apology to President Lungu and his special assistant for political affairs Kaizer Zulu for embarrassing them over the false allegations about a US$200 000 bribe from a Chinese national.
He said the ruling party had been informed that some senior officials at ACC had scores to settle against Mr Zulu and invented corruption allegations to scandalize him and embarrass President Lungu.
He said the youths would not stand by and watch Government senior leaders getting politically molested by institutions of good governance when their mandate was to serve Zambians.