PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has released Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) Toyota Hilux vehicle which was donated by Konkola Copper Mines about four years ago but was confiscated in unclear circumstances and parked at State House.
Presidential press aide Amos Chanda told journalists yesterday that the Toyota Hilux that was marooned at State House for unexplained reasons had been given back to FAZ which has been having transport problems.
Mr Chanda said State House could not understand why the vehicle that was donated by KCM to FAZ found itself at State House and had been there for the last five years.
Mr Chanda said President Lungu decided to surrender the car back to its owners because there had been no explanation why the car was taken to State House.
“I wish to announce that the vehicle belonging to the Football Association of Zambia had been parked at State House for the last four to five years. We do not understand why the vehicle which was supposed to be used by the football association was brought to State House and parked. President Lungu has since released the Toyota Hilux vehicle which was donated to FAZ by KCM but was confiscated in less than clear circumstances. As you know, FAZ has been having challenges with transport and they are happy that the President has come to their aid,” Mr Chanda said.
And FAZ communications manager Nkweto Tembwe said it was grateful to President Lungu for releasing the vehicle as it was going to alleviate the transport challenges the association was facing.
Nkweto said that the gesture had proved that the President Lungu was worried of the various challenges the FAZ faces but declined to comment why the vehicle was confiscated.
“We are very grateful to President Lungu for releasing the vehicle. This will ease transportation challenges especially when two or more teams are preparing for tournaments. Indeed the President is concerned about football in Zambia and that calls for hard work among the football fraternity, “Mr Tembwe said.
However, Nkweto refused to give a comment over why the vehicle had been marooned at State House for the past four to five years. In 2011, during the tenure of former president Rupiah Banda, KCM donated three vehicles to FAZ but only two were realised while the third was taken to State House.