…as Police probe former defence minister

    The Police in Lusaka have started investigating former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba in a matter the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) closed last year in October.

Police officers from Force Headquarters last week on Thursday summoned GBM’s daughter Sibongile Mwamba for questioning on the cancelled Zesco tender which was awarded to Arizona Marketing Company.

Sibongile who is one of the directors at the company confirmed been summoned saying she appeared for interrogations at Force Headquarters in the Criminal Investigation Department on issues to do with Arizona Marketing and Distribution Company.

She explained that police wanted to know the owners of the company which was established in 2003 and awarded the Zesco tender which was later cancelled.

In 2012 Zesco awarded a tender for the supply and delivery of 9m, 10m and 12m wooden poles on a one-year running contract basis to several bidders, including Arizona Marketing and Distribution but later cancelled.

However, police sources have indicated that instructions were given weeks ago to retrieve the files from the Anti-Corruption Commission and re-open the investigations against GBM in a matter which was closed sometime last year.

“We want to find out who owns Arizona and how they were awarded the contract at Zesco. These are instructions we have just received and today ‘Friday’ we interviewed GBM’s daughter Sibongile. This is the lady who was in the Foreign Service but we hear that she also quit and decided to come back home and run her business,” said the officer.

The officer explained that Sibongile refused to give police further information on the companies and the nature of contracts without her being represented by lawyers.

“So we allowed her to go back because she did not come with her lawyer but we shall call her again together with Chama Mwamba whom we believe that is her mother. These are just instructions we have received from our seniors. What is surprising is that this matter was under the ACC and they have now thrown it to us to take it up because ACC had cleared GBM and Wynter Kabimba of any wrong doing and closed the case,” said the officer.

In April last year ACC public relations officer, Timothy Moono said that the move to clear the then Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba and his Justice counterpart, Wynter Kabimba of corruption allegations was due to insufficient evidence.

Moono said the two ministers’ cases were thoroughly investigated but the allegations were unsubstantiated.

This year, Moono told a media briefing that ACC were not investigating GBM, adding that the matter they had investigated him before was closed.