IT is only President Michael Sata who can stop alleged corruption in the procurement of a new e-Zambia Transport Information System (e-Zam-TIS) for the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA), opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has charged.
Mr. Hichilema said it was the responsibility of President Sata to act against any form of corruption in government and he should act now by exercising his discretionary powers to stop what he called theft of public funds through a dubious and corrupt Zam-TIS deal.
In an interview with the Daily Nation, Mr. Hichilema said the re-emerging allegations of serious corruption in the procurement of the Zam-TIS at RTSA were a scandal because Zambia would waste money.
Mr. Hichilema said although the PF leadership had inadequate capacity to fight corruption, he pleaded with President Sata to immediately intervene and use his executive powers and stop the procurement of the e-Zam-TIS system.
He advised government to re-engage the company that supplied the Zam-TIS to assess the possibility of upgrading it to the standard required by RTSA and save over K200 million.
“The PF should stop being a wasteful government; we have a system which needs an upgrade why should you buy a new one?
Why should you waste money when there is a way to save it?” Mr Hichilema asked.
He said it was time President Sata stopped the acquisition of the news e-Zam-TIS- at RTSA because it would end at his desk.
“I am aware about the report RTSA made to the Ministry of Transport, Communications, Works and Supply on the need to upgrade the current system and not to buy a new one. I am also aware the findings of the Anti-Corruption Commission which suggested that the deal was corrupt.
I am also aware of the recommendations from ACC to cancel the deal because of the corruption involved. And this corruption stinks, it is sickening and frustrating.
And when we say thieving fingers will burn, we mean it.
It is only prudent that the PF government act on the corruption in the procurement of this system, we can save money by upgrading the current system,” said Mr. Hichilema.
The government embarked on a project to computerise RTSA by procuring a new Zam-TIS system whose main purpose was to capture and maintain all motor vehicle registration, toll gates (Border Control) and driving licence information, as well as the printing of driver’s licence cards.
The original brief was to install and operate the driver’s licence application, driving licence card production facility, and motor vehicle registration and licensing at all the 14 regional offices, as well as the border control at seven border posts.