Trafigura scandal: Siliya must take interest – PF


ZAMBIANS are still interested in knowing the circumstances under which Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba was cleared of his corruption allegation in the Trafigura oil saga in which Zambia lost a colossal US$250 million, says PF Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba.

Mr Kamba said Mr Kabimba was ‘‘mysteriously’’ cleared of corruption allegations by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) without being investigated and yet the commission was quick at instituting investigations against selected citizens serving in President Edgar Lungu’s Government.

Mr Kamba said PF youths in Lusaka had welcomed the appointment of Petauke Central member of Parliament Dora Siliya as Energy and Water Development Minister and appealed to her to find out what could have transpired in the Trafigura oil saga in which Mr Kabimba was accused of having been involved in corrupt activities.

He said those who were criticizing President Edgar Lungu for appointing Ms Siliya as Energy and Water Development Minister and member of the PF Central Committee were attempting to destabilise the ruling party.

Mr Kamba recalled that Mr Kabimba as Justice minister and PF secretary general was summoned by the ACC over the Trafigura oil procurement saga in which Government was compelled to pay an inflated price of US$500 million in the procurement of petroleum products by Trafigura.

“Mr Kabimba has been boasting that he was cleared by the ACC in the Trafigura oil scandal but the truth is that he refused to be questioned by the investigating officers.  We recall that Mr Kabimba went to the ACC offices with a hoard of cadres and intimidated the officers who were to question him. We were later informed that he had been cleared without being investigated.

‘‘President Lungu has appointed Dora Siliya as the new Energy and Water Development minister and as PF youths, we are appealing to her to take an interest in this matter because Zambians were robbed of US$250 million in this scandal. This matter will not die just like that because the money involved is gigantic,” Mr Kamba said.

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