Tuesday, April 10, 2012
TIME PUBLISHED - Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 2:35 pm
The Commission of Inquiry constituted to investigate the operations of the Energy Regulation Board and the procurement of crude oil has revealed that from 2007 to 2011 the country lost about K2 trillion through acts of malpractices in the procurement system.
Commission chairperson Wynter Kabimba says the alleged corruption in the oil procurement system involved officials from the Zambia Public Procurement Authority (ZPPA) the Ministry of Energy and the ERB.
Mr. Kabimba noted that the commission also learnt that the companies that were allegedly corruptly engaged in the procurement oil have since bid again for a tender to supply fuel.
Mr. Kabimba has since recommended that the officers allegedly involved in corrupt activities be brought to book.
Another commission of inquiry tasked to investigate the installation of a Radar system at the Kenneth Kaunda Airport noted that the ministry of communication and transport interfered in the awarding of the contract by quashing the contract that had already been finalized by the ZPPA and given to Thales Air Systems of South Africa.
Commission chairman Sebastian Zulu has since recommended that the contract awarded dubiously awarded to Salex an Italian Company.
And President Michael Sata in commenting on the reports presented to him noted that they were too technical and directed the Secretary to the Cabinet to institute a technical committee that will prepare a cabinet memo to allow the government to study and come up with a decision on the matter.
Meanwhile President Sata has sworn-in Pastor Godfridah Sumaili, Dr. Steven Moyo and Irene Lamba as ACC commissioners and deputy Director General of the ACC respectively.
The president has also sworn-in veteran broadcaster Frank Mutubila as the Zambia’s ambassador to Italy while Ogeon Gondwe is the new senior private secretary for State house.