Lusaka City Council (LCC) councillors have given their Mayor Daniel Chisenga a seven-day ultimatum to call for an urgent full council meeting to resolve the corruption allegations leveled against some of its members, failure to which they will spill the beans.
But Lusaka City Council Town Clerk Moses Mwelwa said that a committee was already in place and was yet to start its investigations into allegations of corruption.
“I don’t have a specific response but the committee was set up and is yet to sit and look into the matter. We are still waiting for the mayor, he is out of town but call us sometime next week we will be able to give you the latest position,” said Mr. Mwelwa. However, councilors told the Daily Nation that they were shocked at the delay in starting the matter when the council had acted swiftly on other issues which were less important.
The councilors said that the act or allegations of corruption and abuse of office leveled against some council employees and councilors were serious and wondered why the mayor was dragging his feet to resolve the matter.
“The matter was tabled before the mayor after he returned from where he had gone on official duties. It was also decided to institute an adhoc committee to investigate the allegations of corruption and abuse of office to ascertain the issues raised by the workers through your paper,
“But since then we are all shocked that even the mayor is now quiet over the matter, he wants it to die a natural death. We are talking about allegations of corruption and abuse of office in the manner the contracts are being awarded to councilors,” the officials said. They said that it was unfair for the Mayor to have kept quiet on a matter which was bordering on the credibility and integrity of the council, adding that the council had set precedence in the manner it handled the issue involving a councilor who drank beer worth K10 000 in Ethiopia.
“We suspended that councilor but then what is so special about this matter? We feel there are double standards being applied in the matter. Naturally the formed committee was supposed to start its work immediately and submit a report to the mayor who was going to call for an extra-ordinary council meeting to look at the recommendations and debate the matter, but that has not been done apart from saying we have constituted a committee,” said the officials.
Last month some council workers exposed councilors who were awarding themselves contracts for road rehabilitation works worth millions of Kwacha.
They cited a PF councilor who awarded himself a contract to supply gravel for road works worth over K200 million in three Lusaka compounds. When contacted for a comment Mr Chisenga referred all queries to Mr Mwelwa.