THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has broken its silence over corrupt allegations against President Edgar Lungu’s special assitant for political affairs, Kaizer Zulu, by announcing that it has cleared him of bribery accusations.
ACC director general Rosewin Wandi last month wrote to President Lungu acknowledging that the allegations against Mr Zulu of receiving a bribe of US$200 000 from a Chinese national were not only malicious but unfounded.
Ms Wandi also apologised to the Head of State 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 President Lungu.
Yesterday, ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono said the commission had conducted preliminary investigations into the allegations against Mr Zulu and that the allegations were not substantiated and the matter had since been closed.
“I wish to state that the commission conducted preliminary investigations into allegations that Mr Kaizer Zulu recieved a bribe amounting to US$200,000 from a Chinese contractor as an inducement for him to facilitate a meeting between the said contractor and the Republican President. The commission concluded the investigations into the matter and the allegations were not substantiated. The matter has since been closed,”Mr Moono said.
The Chinese contractor who is alleged to have offered a US$ 200,000 bribe to Mr Zulu denied ever offering such a bribe and that he had never reported to any institution about the alleged bribe.
TIZ executive director Goodwell Lungu told the Daily Nation last month 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 came to our office and complained bitterly that the said allegations were false and that at no time did he offer Mr Zulu any money,” Mr Lungu said.
TIZ wrote to Ms Wandi demanding for a clear position on whether it was true that the Chinese national who was supposed to be a key witness in the matter completely denied the authenticity of the allegations.