Fire truck deal clean – ACC

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The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) claims investigations into the controversial purchase of 42 fire engines at a cost of $42 million by the Zambian government revealed no irregularities in the tender process.

And the ACC sys it has “taken an interest” into the US$1.2 billion Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage way contract awarded to China Jiangxi.

In a statement made available to Zambian Eye, ACC acting public relations manager Dorothy Mwanza, the ACC has however called on members of the public with any new evidence on the matter to come forward.

Former minister Chishimba Kambwili has on several occasions alleged that Local Government Minister Stephen Kampyongo received three vehicles from Grandview International owner Bokani Soko as a reward for signing the much-maligned deal.

“The Commission has noted the concerns of the public in the media regarding the procurement of 42 fire tenders, and the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage way. The concerns revolve around the costs involved as well awarding of the contracts. Media reports on this matter have led to calls for investigative wings to investigate these matters,” Pastor Mwanza stated.

“The Anti-Corruption Commission wishes to make it known to the public that in 2016, the Commission was investigating a matter relating to the awarding of the tender involving the 42 fire tenders. The investigations centered on whether or not the appropriate procurement processes and procedures were followed in the awarding of the tender. Investigations in this matter revealed that processes and procedures were followed and the matter was subsequently closed the same year.”

“However, the Commission has noted the public concern over this matter. In light of this, the Commission is calling upon members of the public with any new information on the matter to avail the same to the Commission, to enable the Commission look into the matter further.”

On the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage way, Pastor Mwanza urged members of the public to report to the Commission instead of the media if they have any evidence of corruption.

“The Commission has also taken an interest in the matter involving the construction of the Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage way. The Commission would further like to urge members of the public who have information on alleged corruption to promptly report such matters to the Anti-Corruption Commission as provided for in the Anti-Corruption Act No. 3 of 2012, as opposed to only going to the media. The Commission handles whistleblowers and all other clients with utmost confidentiality and professionalism, ensuring that their rights are well protected.

“Because of the nature of its investigations, the Commission may not necessarily publicize information regarding cases under investigation, but this does not mean that the Commission is not conducting its work. The Commission reports on investigations at appropriate junctures,” Pastor Mwanza said.


5 Responses to Fire truck deal clean – ACC

  1. ACC you are also corrupt,you can only manage to investigate traffic officers who are allegedly to getting utu ma k50 from motorist on that one you are good.And you are even lucky these men(traffic officers)are good,but one day they will fix you. Lusambo becomes rich overnight you don’t investigate and you fold your arms and legs. foolish enough you are even supporting big corruption in road construction,fire tender and other corruptions going on.SHAME!

    September 29, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    • For traffic officers it it the Law which is at fault. No motorist in Zambia moves with K300 at a time. Please our police are just ok. Equally the fire tender was conducted under a Law which is wrong and gives discretion to the evaluation committee and approving authorities.

      Corruption is perception and the public perceive so. ACC should not sit on evaluation committes as it becomes difficulty for them to comment if they participated in the procurement process. As the British High Commissioner observed, let the Auditor General, independent of the process review and comment. Better still to avoid accusations, appoint an independent commission of enquiry to do the job.

      Let us support what is right. There were many bidders who submitted lower priced bids but were rejected on flimsy grounds AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE LAW, but which is against international practice. These were Post-qualification matters such as litigation status which does not affect the substance of the bid (price). This tender could have been easily awarded to a bidder who put their bid at US$9 Million and today, no one would have cried foul.

      Indeed it is surprising that the evaluation committee and the approving authorities were not shaken by recommending award of contract to such a highly priced bidder! Did they have a conscious? They all need to be taken to task. But I very much doubt the involvement of the Minister and President.

      September 29, 2017 at 6:30 pm

  2. ACC should stop behaving like the corrupt concourt judges. Why should you be made to work like robots. Be professional even though you got some crumbs.

    September 30, 2017 at 5:57 pm

  3. ACC is a banch of PF cadres, just keep quiet.

    Ba pipo
    October 2, 2017 at 12:51 pm

  4. Join ACC and you will know what it feels like to be there!Bengi bapona from grace to shame.

    October 3, 2017 at 11:06 am

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