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United Progressive Party Saviour Chishimba has made the Anti Corruption Commission his playground reporting Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo and his sports counterpart Moses Mawere.
Chishimba, who not too long ago knocked on the Anti Corruption Commission reporting the maize deal that extends to Malawi and alleges that some government officials are involved in the saga.
Malawi President Peter Mutharika has instituted a Commission of Inquiry on the matter with investigative officers sent to Zambia.
Chishimba accuses Kampyongo and Mawere of bypassing the Public and Private Drivers Association that was supposed to be the vehicle under which Higer Busses got from the Chinese firm was to be distributed to youths under the Youth Bus Empowerment Program.
Below is Chishimbaâ€™s Petition to the ACC handed in today:
STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF THE CORRUPT PRACTICES INVOLVING SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND AN ILLEGAL COMMITTEE OF THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DRIVERS ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE YOUTH BUS EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME
The Public and Private Drivers Association of Zambia (PPDAZ) was duly registered pursuant to section 7 (2) of the Societies Act Cap 119 of the Laws of Zambia on 9th August, 2010 with registration number ORS/102/35/5183 instant under the hand of the Registrar of Societies (Exhibit Marked â€œUPP 1â€).
The original office bearers (Marked as Exhibit â€œUPP 2â€) were as follows:
1. President: Mr. Samson Moyo;
2. Vice President: Mr. Joseph Chirwa;
3. Secretary General: Mr. Fidelis Chanda;
4. Deputy Secretary General: Mr. Josias Majuru;
5. Treasurer General: Mr. Joe Mbewe;
6. Vice Treasurer General: Mr. Godwin Mtwale;
7. Information and Publicity: Mr. Steven Zulu;
8. Vice Information and Publicity: Jackson Namobe;
9. Trustee: Mr. Charles Phiri; and
10. Trustee: Mr. Musa Mumba.
The said PPDAZ duly crafted and submitted the constitution to the registrar (Exhibit â€œUPP 3â€). The constitution sets out the rules for PPDAZ including the process of replacing office bearers and other administrative procedures.
On dates unknown, but between 2012 and 2013, Mr. Josias Majuru started running the organisation without the consensus and cooperation of other executive committee members. He also established a direct relationship with Hon. Panji Kaunda the former Minister of Works of Supply (witnesses and/or audio available) who was generally overseeing the pilot Youth Bus Empowerment Programme. During the same period, all private and public drivers across the country were subjected to paying Kwacha One Thousand Five Hundred only (K1, 500.00) as supposedly membership fee to qualify for bus empowerment.
Apparently, the Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) entered into a loan agreement with Higer Bus Company of China. The buses were to be given to beneficiaries to run them under the purview of GRZ (initially through the Ministry of Works and Supply and later through the Ministry of Youth and Sport). The day-to-day supervision was to be executed by PPDAZ. The interest of GRZ was to ensure that a proportion for loan repayment was secured while the interest of beneficiaries was to acquire the buses in the long run. In this regard, the role of PPDAZ was to ensure that the interests of the youth were protected.
Contrary to the expectations of the youth, Mr. Josias Majuru usurped all the powers and engaged in several counts of bribery and making procurements for PPDAZ without following procedures (witnesses and/or audio available). Members complained to him and all attempts to compel him to follow the law failed. On dates unknown, but in the year of our Lord 2013, members complained to the Ministry of Home Affairs as well as the Ministry of Youth and Sport, but no action was taken to regularise the operations of the programme.
Noting that PPDAZâ€™s activities were ultra vires the law and on suspicion of various corrupt practices as complained by members whose locus standi is indisputable, the registrar of societies wrote to PPDAZ to ask for the following: (a) Current office bearers (b) compliance of payment of statutory fees and (c) audited books of accounts (Exhibit â€œUPP 4â€). At this stage Mr. Josias Majuru had co-opted new members of the executive who were basically his stooges without following the rules of the club as well as the provisions of Cap 119.
In response to the minute from the registrar of societies, the secretary general of PPDAZ a Mr. Fidelis Chanda submitted as follows: (a) that Mr. Josias Majuru and Mr. Joseph Chirwa had engaged in several counts of abuse of authority of office and other corrupt practices (b) that the executive committee had not been operating within the provisions of the law (c) that Mr. Josias Majuru, Mr, Joseph Chirwa and Mr. Charles Phiri had been running PPDAZ to the exclusion of all others (d) that the trio, hereinbefore mentioned, had been terrorising other members of PPDAZ (e) that the file of PPDAZ mysteriously went missing for two and half years at the registrar of societies (f) that there were a lot of anomalies suspected to have been aided by some officers in the office of registrar of societies in connivance with the trio, and (g) that there was a petition (attached to the letter) from the general membership of PPDAZ to ask the trio to step down (exhibit of the letter marked â€œUPP 5â€).
On dates unknown, but between 2013 and 2014, the grieved members of PPDAZ took the matter to court by way of seeking an order to declare the Josias Majuru-led committee illegal and restore order. The said Mr. Josias Majuru went to Hon. Panji Kaunda (as deputy minister of Works and Supply at that time) to inform him that his corrupt practices and acts of bribery were going to be exposed. Hon. Panji Kaunda allegedly called an unknown officer in the registry of the High Court for Zambia to find out about the judge before whom the matter was scheduled to come up. Upon being given the name of the Judge, Hon. Panji Kaunda allegedly called the judge and asked him to dismiss the case. Accordingly, the judge (unnamed) dismissed the case before hearing it (witnesses and/or audio available).
Following the abuse of authority of office by Hon. Panji Kaunda to cause the case to be dismissed contrary to the rules of the court, Mr. Josias Majuru started openly boosting that he was untouchable and that not even the President of Zambia could touch him (witnesses and/or audio available).
When the first twelve (12) higer buses came into the country, two (2) of them (buses) were given to two (2) drivers by late President Michael C. Sata at State House at the official handover ceremony. One the two beneficiaries was late Sara Njovu (a taxi driver who used to operate at Hotel Intercontinental). After one month, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sport Ms. Agnes Musunga connived with the illegal committee of PPDAZ to allegedly caused the possession of the two buses that were given to two young people on account that the buses were only given to them by the President ceremonially (witnesses and/or audio available).
Against the foregoing, members of PPDAZ, in an undated letter but duly signed, wrote to His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu on the matter. The letter was referenced â€œseeking audience to discuss urgent matters in the transport industryâ€. In this letter (Exhibit â€œUPP 6â€), the youth from all the ten provinces of Zambia complained about the corrupt practices of the trio, hereinbefore mentioned, as well as about the pervasion of justice on the matter. The youth notified the head of state about the K1, 500 that the trio were collecting from all the potential beneficiaries and that about K450, 000.00 had been collected in the material year the case was being reported to the President of Zambia. Records however indicate that by this time K525, 000.00 had been collected from the youth (Exhibit â€œUPP 7â€).
Furthermore, the youth complained to the President of Zambia that the same case had been reported to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), but there were no headways.
Upon not getting any intervention from the President of Zambia, the youth brought the matter to the attention of Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) in a letter dated 5th November, 2016, but no action has been taken by TIZ to help the helpless and voiceless young people (Exhibit â€œUPP 8â€).
Two weeks ago, the youth of Luangwa District took the law into their hands by stopping the GRZ buses from loading. This was in protest against the non-action by government in respect of their credible grievances over the corrupt trio. These are young people who despite yearly remittances of K1, 500 have never received bus empowerment or any form of monetary empowerment ever since the higer buses came into the country. The youth have been subjected to contributing K1, 500 to PPDAZ from across the country by either Zoona (Exhibit â€œUPP 9â€) or making deposits into account number 0140518253601 of PPDAZ with Stanbic Bank (Exhibit â€œUPP 10â€). There are thousands of young people with an interest in this matter (Exhibit â€œUPP 11â€ â€“ partial list).
When the protest, a right which is constitutionally entrenched, of the youth in Luangwa was brought to the attention of the trio, a group of thugs was hired and they drove to Luangwa to beat up the innocent young people. This act of violence was committed under the supervision of Mr. Joseph Chirwa (Mr. Joseph Chirwa was arrested by DEC a few days ago for drug related offences). When the police rushed to the scene of crime, Mr. Joseph Chirwa jumped unto the bus and drove off leaving the youth that he had hired behind. These hired youth and other innocent ones in Luangwa were detained by the police in Luangwa (witnesses and/or audio available).
Two weeks ago, the youth in Lusaka peacefully demonstrated to the Lusaka Provincial Administration (Office of the President) where they had an audience with Hon. Japhen Mwakalombe the Provincial Minister. The Minister reportedly called President Edgar C. Lungu who in turn directed the Minister to go to the Minister of Youth and Sport.
The provincial minister proceeded to the Ministry of Youth and Sport where he met with Hon. Moses Mawere the Minister of Youth and Sport. The Patriotic Front Lusaka Province Chairman, Mr. Kennedy Kamba also accompanied the young people as a sign of solidarity.
To the dismay young people, they found Hon. Moses Mawere sitting comfortably with the corrupt trio in his office. There were also paramilitary officers in the office of the Minister. Hon. Stephen Kampyongo, the Minister of Home Affairs also joined the meeting much later. During the meeting, the Cabinet Ministers defended Mr. Josias Majuru on account that he helped the PF during the campaigns and that if the United Party for National Development (UPND) won the election Mr Majuru was going to be jailed (witnesses and/or audio available).
Later the Ministers wanted to find out who sent the thugs to Luangwa with the expectation that the culprits were the complaints so that the paramilitary officers could arrest them instantly, but to their disappointment they learnt that it was the suspected corrupt Joseph Chirwa who actually hired the thugs. Instead of directing his (Joseph Chirwa) arrest, the Minister of Home Affairs did not act (witnesses and/or audio available). The meeting ended with a clear defence of the corrupt trio by the ministers at the expense of tens of thousands of young people who want justice over their hard earned money.
During the course of last year, an additional twenty eight (28) big higer buses were brought into the country with the expectation that one bus would be transparently allocated to a group of seven (7) youth. In this context four hundred and six (406) were expected to be direct beneficiaries. The inclusion of the other 12 buses would bring the number to 490 young people. The poor management of the project has seen some of the buses grounded without repair because funds are ending up in private pockets through corrupt practices (witnesses and/or audio available).
The trio have also been stage-managing the whole programme by way of putting as a front a few youth as fake beneficiaries whenever inspections are ordered. Evidence shows that itâ€™s not the youth who are co-running these buses as evidenced by the following: (a) funds from the fleet of buses are deposited into the PPDAZ account number 14-07-1-0220224-014 at Investrust Bank (Exhibit â€œUPP 12â€) (b) the judgement (Exhibit â€œUPP 13â€) against PPDAZ by the subordinate court (2015/SSR/343) in Kitwe â€“ the plaintiffs (Mwiya Lubasi; John Katebe; Chifuna Nelson; and Anthony Kalimanshi) successfully sued for salary arrears as employees of PPDAZ in pursuance of the Employment Act Cap 268 of the Laws of Zambia (thus the youth have never ever been in-charge of these buses), and (c) some of the collections from bus operations are not deposited and allegedly used for acts of bribery. These daily collections are not even recorded in books of accounts (Exhibit â€œUPP 14â€).
The interests of the thousands of the unemployed youth and all the taxpayers in Zambia are entrenched predominantly because should the project fail to run profitably through the allegedly corrupt lining of Ministersâ€™ pockets, the trio and other government officials, the Government of the Republic of Zambia will have recourse to subventions from the public treasury to repay the loan to Higer Bus Company. The burden of taxpayers to sustain government can no longer be taken for granted. The land of Zambia is bleeding from corruption. A speedy action to stop this is urgently required.
Meanwhile, we urge all those who have been named to clear their names because it is not our deliberate intention to be malicious. We seek fairness and justice for all. Public leaders must be accountable to the people of Zambia.
UPP shall continue to provide checks and balances, with credible evidence. It is our prayer that the PF Government will restore law and order in Zambia by permitting all investigative wings to operate professionally without the interference of politicians.
God bless our nation!
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